Dialectical Behavioral Health-The Wise Mind

Using Your Wise Mind
Using Your Wise Mind

Emotional and Reasonable Thinking

Dialectical Behavioral Health (DBT) is a significant treatment that concentrates on behavioral skills that most individuals already have, but do not recognize that they are using, or can use, in order to help themselves throughout each day and/or troublesome periods in their life. Each area of DBT educates individual diverse skills, one of which is the Wise Mind or the Reasonable Mind. The development of the “Wise Mind” occurs with learning and using accurate DBT skills and is most productive when used every day. The knowledge of the Wise Mind is learned when a person understands the variance between the Reasonable Mind and the Emotional Mind.
The Emotional Mind is a focal concern that must be grasped when it comes to behaviors because it is used repeatedly. When an unwanted situation occurs within somebody’s life it creates an emotion. Some have emotions that run neutral while others have emotions that are intense. When it comes to passionate, extreme, and intense responses in the emotional mind it makes sensible and rational thinking challenging (Bernhardt, D., ND). In other words, during difficult times our emotions tend to take over and critical thinking skills are not used. Many people are accustomed to using an emotional response when they are in an unhealthy mind frame. However, throughout these occasions it’s imperative to use reasonable thinking in order to help manage events in a more sufficient manner.

The question most people have is; what is a reasonable mind or a rational way of thinking? The answer is clear and precise. Someone is in their reasonable mind when they are thinking logically and rationally (Bernhardt, D., ND). When an individual is unhappy, disheartened, have challenges in everyday living, or are needy in a physical or emotional way, they need to step back and evaluate their situation instead of responding in an animated way. Also, one has to realize that they have a relationship between their emotions and their thinking. In other words, by concentrating on the evidence rather than emotions, or what is thought to be learned valued judgements, the DBT skill of the “Wise Mind” improves the capability to respond positively and productively, and without falling into self-blame or other destructive thoughts and behaviors (CRC Health Group, ND).

Using the Wise Mind allows an individual to realize the logic of a situation and react in a calm and reasonable way. For example, if someone wanted to cross a busy intersection would they jump in the middle of traffic just to get to the other side. Hopefully not, but most people would press the crosswalk button and wait for the signal to identify that it is safe. It is the same way when using the Wise Mind. So the next time that next door neighbor yells at you because they are having a bad day, do not yell back. Instead, give them a nice smile and ask them if there is anything they need help with. Who knows; they might become your best friend after that.

Bernhardt, J. D., MS, NCC, LAC (ND) Wise Mind Skill: How does one find Wisdom?
CRC Health Group (ND) What Is Dialectical Therapy?


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