Mental process or mental function are all the things that individuals can do with their minds. These include perception, judgement memory, thinking (such as ideation, imagination, belief, reasoning, etc.), volition, and emotion.
Mental process is defined as the mechanism that receives information from environment analyzes them and makes decision or develop attitude based on the analysis. Mental process is a cognitive process that is not observable directly.
For a good mental process, the following elements are essential:
. Ability to perceive visible and invisible information from the environment.
. Ability to generate meaning from analysis of information.
. Ability to develop solution for solving problem.
Six steps of Mental Process
i. Analyze: Analyze is the first step in mental process. In this step, various aspects related to personal life is critically examined so that essential elements are brought out.
ii. Research: Research is a systematic investigation into a subject to discover facts, theories, applications, etc. In this regard, second step of mental process is essential to investigate the essential elements
brought out and change the belief system.
iii. Hypothesize: It is the third step in mental process. In this process a hypothesis is formed. This step is utilized to “make sense” of how something works, what actions are appropriate, etc.
iv. Purpose: It is the- fourth step in the mental process. In this step a hypothesis is proposed for ourselves.
v. Decide: It is the second last step in mental process. In this step, a judgment is pronounced so that one can come to a conclusion. To he precise, in this step one makes the decision to try its hypothesis.
vi. Initiate: It is the last step in the mental process. Initiate as the word itself suggests is beginning. One uses this step to direct oneself to act on the hypothesis.