CHAPTER 1

The Human Mind: A Primer

Your entire mental life (the biosystem known as the human mind) is defined by and can be broken down into a combination of three basic elements:

1. Thoughts

2. Emotions

3. Behaviors

These three components are not discrete. That is, they do not have clear boundaries and, in fact, are inextricably related to one another. For example, your thoughts clearly affect the way you feel, and your feelings (urges) often drive your behaviors. Nevertheless, these three realms are sufficiently different to provide a commonsense distinction and framework for what constitutes human mental life. And we all know what they mean: we all talk in terms of thinking, feeling, and doing.

It is also important to observe how each of ...

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