Managing stress efficiently and more importantly maintaining a balance between thoughts, feelings and actions has become one of the most sought after skills in achieving our human quintessential human capacity to navigate the complex social world we live in. In mastering such skills we improve our cardiovascular, digestive and neurological health and we enjoy a better quality of life.

It is assumed to be underpinned by four dimensions: automatic–controlled, internally–externally focused, self–other, and cognitive–affective. Research suggests that mental disorders are associated with different imbalances in these dimensions.