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UPDATE: The graphic has a minor error. Wise mind is: seeing the value of both reason and EMOTION, not reason and logic. Guess who wasn’t in wise mind while making this graphic? 🙋🏻♀️
There are 3 states of mind: there is the reasonable mind, the emotion mind, and wise mind.
WHAT I KNOW: Reasonable mind is cool, rational, task-focused. When in reasonable mind, you’re ruled by facts, reason, logic, and pragmatics. Values and feelings are not important.
WHAT I THINK: Emotion mind is hot, mood-dependent, and emotion-focused. When you’re in emotion mind, you’re ruled by your moods, feelings, and urges to do or say things. Facts, reason, and logic are not important.
WHAT I THINK TO BE TRUE: Wise mind is the wisdom within each person. It is seeing the value of both reason and emotion. It’s not 50/50 of reasonable and emotion mind— but the ESSENCE of both. It is less of a reaction and more of an action that you decide. It is finding “the Middle Path” (more on Middle Path, coming soon). We all have moments where we are either in reasonable or emotion mind, while striving to be in wise mind. Listen, some days it’s going to be tough. How do we reach wise mind? Mindfulness! Mindfulness helps bring awareness to your current emotions, helps you check the facts (more on emotions that fit the facts coming soon) and then lets you have a choice to decide on what action to take— that right there is being in wise mind.
What state of mind are you in today?
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Disclaimer: this was adapted from the DBT Skills Training Manual, second edition by Marsha M. Linehan.