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Chapter 4. Self-Understanding > Recognizing the Mind's Three Distinctive Functi...

Recognizing the Mind's Three Distinctive Functions

The mind has three basic functions—thinking, feeling, and wanting (Figures 4.1 & 4.2).

  1. The function of thinking is to create meaning. Thinking makes sense of the events of our lives; it sorts events into named categories and finds patterns for us. It continually tells us: This is what is going on. This is what is happening. Notice this and that. This is how it makes sense to understand the situation. It is the part of the mind that figures things out.

  2. The function of feeling is to monitor or evaluate the meanings created by the thinking function—evaluating how positive and negative the events of our life are, given the meaning we are ascribing to them. It continually tells us: This is how you should feel about what is happening in your life. You're doing really well. Or, alternatively, watch out—you are getting into trouble!

  3. The function of wanting allocates energy to action, in keeping with our definitions of what is desirable and possible. It continually tells us: This is what is worth getting. Go for it! Or, conversely, it tells: This is not worth getting. Don't bother.


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