President - Peter Tsykov (member of The Canadian Public Relations Society)
Cognitive state
Cognitive state can be best described simply as your state of mind.
Examples of cognitive states:
- interestedness - the state of being interested;
- readiness - (psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a
particular way;
- curiosity, wonder - a state in which you want to learn more about something;
- confusedness, disarray, mental confusion, confusion - a mental state
characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior;
- certainty - the state of being certain;
- doubt, doubtfulness, uncertainty - the state of being unsure of something;
- preoccupancy, preoccupation - the mental state of being preoccupied by
- inwardness - preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or
ideological values; "the sensitiveness of James's characters, their seeming
inwardness"; "inwardness is what an Englishman quite simply has, painlessly,
as a birthright";
- outwardness - concern with outward things or material objects as opposed
to the mind and abstract conception with feelings of reality and spatial
outwardness attached to it";
- forgetfulness - tendency to forget;
(Inwardness is the state of being focused on attitudes and values. If you're
not feeling good about yourself or the world around you, you may try to
improve your feelings through inwardness. In this way, you might focus on
keeping a positive attitude (looking on the bright side) and adhering to
positive values, such as kindness, compassion, loyalty and honor.
Outwardness is the state of being concerned with material goods. Going in
the opposite direction of the example above, you may choose to improve
your attitude through outwardness. This might mean buying things for
yourself or others that will make you feel better. This could include some
nice new clothes, a bigger television, or even a new car.)
- involvement - a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or
- bafflement, bewilderment, - confusion resulting from failure to understand;
- assurance, authority, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence,
sureness - freedom from doubt; belief in yourself and your abilities;
- reliance, trust - certainty based on past experience;
- distrust, misgiving, mistrust, suspicion - doubt about someone's honesty;
- disbelief, incredulity, mental rejection, skepticism - doubt about the truth of
- indecision, indecisiveness, irresolution - doubt concerning two or more
possible alternatives or courses of action;

Every cognitive state has its counterpart.
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