This is a great word. It has the benefit of being short and catchy, but the downside is that it is a subjective word that makes it easy to confuse with another word that is objectively true. Most of the time we can understand why we do something when we look back, but we often can’t understand why things happen the way they do.
In the case of a mental state, the word’mental’ is subjective. It refers to the physical part of the brain that is responsible for the creation of a thought, and its operation is largely the same. The brain is a complex and interconnected network of neurons and other structures, and the operation of the mind is a complicated process that involves many factors. Some people are more prone to having certain thoughts than others, and there may also be genetic and environmental factors affecting our mental states.
There are many factors that influence our mental states, from family upbringing, to our own temperament, to our experiences, to our environment, to the way we are presented with information. The fact that anyone’s mental state can be influenced by these influences demonstrates that mental states are highly individual and complex. While this may sound a bit science-y, we do know that mental states are more than just thoughts and feelings.
So, what is our mental state? Well, we can’t really know for sure, but we can get a pretty good idea of it through observation and reflection. One way to describe this is to consider it a state of confusion. If we’re confused about a situation, we tend to have a variety of cognitive tools that can be used to process the situation.
We are also aware that our thoughts are never quite right. We have the ability to recognize our thoughts as our own and that our thoughts are always a little off. We often tend to take a wrong turn or make a mis-statement, but it is possible to correct these errors. So it is possible that when we are confused about something, it is our own mental state that led us to think that way.
The problem is that when we are confused about, for instance, something that is deeply personal to us we can easily end up making a mis-statement in a completely un-intentional way, or we may even make a mistake that was not meant to be. For instance, if I told you a long story about how I lost my virginity, you might think that I am a pervert who is trying to get you to take me to bed.
One approach to this is if you can remember at all, ask yourself the question, “Did I do something that I should not have done?” If you can answer that question in the affirmative, you are free to move on to the next question. If you cannot answer that question, then you have probably done something that you should not have done.
People often think that when they’re talking to someone about something they could have done differently, that the person who’s talking to them is the one whose behavior they should be blaming as a cause of their behavior. However, in fact, this is usually a false assumption. For example, I may have said something to someone that I should have said differently and they may have said something to me that I should have said differently.