What is Wise Mind Living?
The simple answer is living in balance between emotions and logic. It’s when you have the confidence to deal with difficult decisions or situations because you’re in charge—not your emotions.
Learning how to control your emotions is key to Wise Mind Living, and learning to do this is a skill. Like any skill, mastering your emotions takes practice, but just like driving a car or learning to play piano, the more you practice the better you’ll get.
Everyone has the capacity for Wise Mind Living because we all have wisdom within us. However, to fully understand this concept, you need to understand Reasonable Mind, Emotion Mind, and Wise Mind— the three states of mind coined by Dr. Marsha Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Reasonable Mind uses logic and cause and effect reasoning to guide the individual. Although, reasonable mind is crucial to dealing with reality, many of life’s problems have an emotional aspect.
Emotion Mind is characterized by your emotions guiding how you think, feel, and behave. If Reasonable Mind runs cool then Emotion Mind runs hot.
The synthesis of Reasonable Mind and Emotion Mind is Wise Mind. It brings together the logic of Reasonable Mind and the sensitivity of Emotion Mind to create a balanced state of mind that results in Wise Mind Living.