Another way of thinking of the two primary modes of cognition – emotional and logical – is in terms of action: a doing mode and a being mode. The doing mode is goal oriented and engages when you feel things aren’t as they should be. Given the nature of arousal emotions, when these are present, you are goaded into the doing mode with a sense that you must do something in order to change your situation. Having goals and taking actions to reach them are worthwhile, but operating in a doing mode is not always helpful. Especially if you suspect that your assessment of a situation may be distorted. For example, when a parent disciplines a child from a place of anger, they are less able to consider the aims and consequences of their disciplinary practices than they would be able to if they did so from a place of calm.