Recently, Simone Biles chose to prioritize her mental health over her competitive spirit when deciding to compete in some Olympic Events. In response to her decision, many of us have been thinking about the courage it took her to opt-out of events. Simone expressed that making this hard decision and receiving support from the public has helped her see that she is more than her gymnastic accomplishments.
In DBT we learn about the states of mind. There is the Emotion Mind, in which we are controlled by intense emotions. In this state, we may not be able to think rationally at all. On the other end of the spectrum, there is the Reasonable Mind. Reasonable Mind is the state in which we follow only the facts, and do not take feelings into consideration. In the center, where the Emotion and Reasonable Mind overlap, is the Wise Mind.
Wise Mind is where we are most balanced. It allows us to honor our feelings and needs, while also utilizing the facts of reality. Wise Mind allows us to make the most effective decisions without acting impulsively. Simone Biles, for example, used her Wise Mind to make an important decision. She may have had to balance her wants of competing in the games, with her safety and long term effects.
Can you think of a time when you had to balance your emotions with facts, and make a difficult decision? Do you have any examples of using your courage to make a decision? We would love to hear your experiences with courage!
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