Dan Siegel who has created an area of understanding known as Interpersonal Neurobiology makes the point that most mental health professionals have not been taught a definition of the mind, and, often, aren’t clear about what good mental health looks like.
He answers these issues as follows -
His definition of mind is that -
mind is an embodied, inter-relational process of regulation of the flow of energy and information
His definition of well-being is the integrated flow of energy and information. He explains that health is like a free flowing river with two banks, one of which is rigidity, and the other, chaos. We veer towards one or other of the two banks as we make our way through life.
He uses a three-aspect model of well-being to explore this, the three aspects being the mind, the brain and relationships.
I like this definition. What do you think? Is this an interesting way to think about the mind?