The operating premise of CEB is that emotional balance will become a deeply-rooted trait only if it is cultivated along with three other dimensions of mental balance:
- Conative Balance is able to distinguish between genuine happiness and hedonic pleasure and cultivate goals, intentions, and desires that lead to flourishing.
- Attentional Balance is able to direct and sustain attention on a chosen object or field with both stability and vividness.
- Cognitive Balance is able to discern clearly what the world presents to us without projection or the cognitive blindness of the “refractory period” that occurs during emotional episodes.
Emotional Balance is the natural product of bringing conative, attentional, and cognitive skills to the emotional process. The knowledge and skills of CEB training provide the self-awareness necessary for expressing emotions in constructive rather than destructive ways.