What is an Emotional Mind?
Many a time, women are considered quite emotional beings. An emotional mind is mainly based on feelings and moods. It is a “hot side” of the mind. You can quickly know if a person is an emotional person or reactive to everything they hear or the decisions they make. An emotional mind is impulsive, quick to anger, and quick to make rash decisions. It does not rely on logic or any facts whatsoever. With this definition, you should know whether you are an emotional mind or have experienced anyone with an emotional mind. The emotional mind is responsible for aspects such as poetry, music, art, fashion, etc. it is the passionate side of the mind.
Being an emotional mind is not a bad thing though most times, it is considered bad and socially unfavorable. Our emotional reason is responsible for feelings such as love, fear, anger, etc. If thought out with the rational mind other than the emotional mind, the outcome or the decision made would differ in some situations.
Examples of the emotional mind include; saying “I love you” to a person you care about regardless of the situation, sacrificing a lot to follow your passions, taking unthoughtful risks, etc. For example, a scenario where you were to attend an event, and you had ordered two outfits: One outfit that you want to wear and the other that is just a backup plan. The day of the event comes, and only the backup plan is available; you should wait a couple more hours to get your actual outfit. If you use your emotional mind to choose an outfit, you will go for the already available backup outfit because you are too anxious to wait for your actual outfit. Have you ever said, “use your rational/reasonable mind on this one?” yes! Because the rational mind evaluates a scenario before coming to any conclusions.
What Is A Rational Mind?
A rational mind, also known as the reasonable mind, guides us into thinking over a situation clearly without feelings getting in the way. Take a pervasive example as people in love. A person in love would not understand how you can see their partner in the wrong even though the partners would be wrong at times. Because they are using their emotional mind while you are using your rational mind. in our world, being of sound mind with the ability to make reasonable decisions is such a valued characteristic. It is admirable and respectable to be able to analyze situations and come up with a pros and cons list.
The rational mind is great to use when trying to figure out how to solve a crisis because it is highly based on logic, and it is a “cool” side which is quite contrary to the emotional mind. An example of a rational mind is; planning a budget and sticking to it, doing accurate calculations, and strategic planning, among other logical analyses.
However, when you use your rational mind, you might make accurate, correct decisions but fail to earn crucial wise choices, so you need to know how to access your intelligent mind.
What is a Wise Mind?
It gets more interesting when one can use both their rational and emotional mind in sync. In short, the wise mind is where the emotional and sensible mind overlap. A good example is when you can display your emotions while ensuring what you do or say is not overridden by your feelings. In such a situation, one is said to have a wise mind. An excellent example of a discerning mind is Solomon from the stories in the bible. Solomon made an unprecedented and thought-out decision between his two wives without bias. An example of a wise mind is being able to walk away from a fight that would have otherwise turned out into a horrid one.
Another example is being able to walk away from a relationship because you were keen enough to spot the red flags. The wise mind is more “balanced .”We make better decisions when we incorporate logic and emotions in our thinking.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT)
Sometimes, finding the balance between the emotional mind and the rational mind can be a hassle. Some people are more inclined to the emotional mind, while others use their sound mind more. The emotional mind and analytical minds are quite the opposite. Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a form of psychotherapy that mainly helps individuals who struggle with their passionate minds. It helps individuals understand their emotions more and learn ways to regulate them. Sometimes, you might not know when to express your feelings or in which manner to express them. With dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), you have control of your emotions and mood swings significantly. An assumption in DBT is that everyone can access their wise mind and find the middle ground between the reasonable mind and the emotional mind.