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The 3 Minds Of DBT

The present moment is vital in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The practice of mindfulness is essential for anyone to implement, not just someone with a mental illness or substance use disorder. During mindfulness, you focus on what you’re doing and what’s happening around you. You want to be fully present upon what you’re doing. A skill in DBT is differentiating between the three minds: rational mind, emotional mind, and wise mind. Think of the three minds like you would a Venn diagram. Rational mind is on one side and emotional mind is on the other side; wise mind is the overlap in the middle. Wise mind takes the best characteristics of the rational mind and the best characteristics of the emotional mind. Villa Tranquil Recovery wants to delve further into the minds below.

Rational mind

Rational mind is completely focused on making factual decisions based on your past experiences and what you know. Rational mind operates logically, so you are fully focused on thinking and planning. Emotions are not present at all in the rational mind. You cannot be swayed or intimidated by how you feel. When are you operating in the rational mind? Here are some examples:

  • Solving a math problem
  • Planning for an event
  • Researching for a project

Emotional Mind

While in emotional mind, you are being swayed and intimidated by how you feel. You may be impulsive and acting on no factual evidence. How you are thinking and feeling impacts every decision you make in the emotional mind. When are you operating in the emotional mind? Here are some examples:

  • Engaging in a verbal argument
  • Gambling impulsively
  • Putting off something you need to do 

Wise mind

Wise mind is where you want to be. This is the ideal way to make decisions. You take into account both your rational mind and your wise mind. You take in some facts, but you also take into account your emotions and how they can impact your decisions. Mindfulness is rooted in the wise mind. When are you operating in the wise mind? Here are some examples:

  • Having a deep conversation with a friend
  • Deciding where to go for dinner based on what you want to eat
  • Journaling 

Villa Tranquil Recovery understands that no one can operate in wise mind one hundred percent of the time. We do, however, want to help you operate in the wise mind as much as possible. Call us today to learn more about the programs we offer. We can be reached at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to hear from you.