How the Mind Works

Sequence to ActionHow the Mind WorksRelated Pages6 Groups of Topics9 Skills & Topics

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Feeling-Intention Therapy


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Notes on this Update

  • This table adds an additional step to the sequence that causes us to act.
  • The comparison of sensations is the new step.
  • The new step is executed by the soul, not the heart or the mind.

  • Read for the best understanding in the world of feelings and intentions.

How the Mind Works

 

The Sequence for How We Take Action


New Information

  • The above table provides new information that is not in the book Feeling-Intention Therapy.
  • One more step is added.
  • This new step is about comparing sensations.
  • We compare new sensations against our memories of old sensations.
  • We then have feelings about these new sensations based on our comparisons of them.

Turns Out Doubling Is Needed Everywhere 

  • It turns out that doubling is a principle for every step.
  • We always double as our primary way of testing anything.
  • We double, sensations, feelings, intentions, and thoughts.
  • The FIT diagram is correct as it is. What needs to be added is “doubling” to the theory.

No New Steps: FIT Diagram Remains Accurate

  • A new step is not needed in the diagram.
  • We compare and match sensing, sensations, feelings, intentions, thoughts, and behaviors.
  • How we correctly and incorrectly double things also needs to be discussed in the theory.
  • The theory is correct as is. The theory will only become more correct by adding the concept of testing by doubling.

More Issues Because of Doubling

  • The issues of experience, maturity, and thought-things are all relevant to doubling.
  • The child does not have enough experience to use doubling to test all steps.
  • The child does not have enough experience to use doubling at its best because of limited comparisons due to limited experiences.
  • Thought-things will result in false doubling when used to double a step.
  • Thought-things are an example of false or inaccurate doubling.
  • Doubling testing methods can be corrupted by beliefs, perspectives, and politics for false results.
  • Emotional maturity and responsibility will allow for better and more accurate doubling testing.

  • Read and master the life skill of acceptance using the best combination of CBT, REBT, & Stoicism.


  • Read for the best understanding in the world of feelings and intentions.

Related Pages of Free Information

  1. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), CT, & REBT: Quotations
  2. How Self-Control Works: More Information for Feeling-Intention Therapy
  3. REBT & CBT Fast-Facts Collection
  4. REBT’s Main Website: AEI (www.albertellisinstitute.org) Includes Training Opportunities
  5. Table of Contents for Feeling-Intention Therapy

  • Read and master the life skill of acceptance using the best combination of CBT, REBT, & Stoicism.


  • Read for the best understanding in the world of feelings and intentions.

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  • Read and discover how CBT, REBT, & Stoicism evolved into one system: STPHFR.


  • Read and discover the world’s best breathing exercise for your feelings and stress.


  • Read for the best understanding in the world of feelings and intentions.

9 Skills & Topics Menu


  • Read and discover how CBT, REBT, & Stoicism evolved into one system: STPHFR.


  • Read and discover the world’s best breathing exercise for your feelings and stress.


  • Read for the best understanding in the world of feelings and intentions.