Affective Awareness vs Cognitive Attention

Affective awareness is

  • non-cognitive (hence, ‘a non-verbal attitude’ and ‘a wordless approach’)
  • effortless (it is simple and easy)

RICHARD: […] it is an affective awareness (i.e., that moment-to-moment affective monitoring of mood […]) which both maximises felicity/ innocuity and automatically activates conscious attention (as in, engendering cognitive attentiveness) whenever something is amiss in regards to enjoyment and appreciation1

The idea is that one can engage an affective awareness regardless of what else one does in life (such as being busy with knowledge work), whereas paying cognitive attention requires focus (away from what else one had been doing).

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