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.
|Understand Cool Cognition versus Hot Cognition
|Cool and Hot Cognition Modes
Explore the differences between hot cognition and cool cognition
|Flipchart/Board and marker
|Divide class into groups of 2 to 4. Discuss situations in the last week where you have operated in a Hot Cognition mode. Can you identify your thoughts? Were they in words or impressions? Share experiences with the rest of the class.
|Stories to Share
|Share any personal, relevant stories.
|Encourage everyone to participate.
|Which mental mode is more prone to take action?