Module 1, Lesson 1
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Mental Modes

Most forms of MBCT theorize that the mind operates with many subsystems. You have subsystems that constitute what you take in from your senses, for example. Most theorists agree that the two main subsystems or modes correspond with an emotional side and a logical side. The logical mode thinks verbally and is concerned with your sense of self. It can also be referred to as “cool” cognition. When your logical mode is dominant, you tend to be more reflective, calm, thoughtful, and less prone to action. When your emotional mode is dominant, you may think verbally to an extent, but you will also think in terms of images and a kind of verbal shorthand. The emotional mode is concerned more with relationships with others and is more prone to action. It can also be referred to as “hot” cognition.