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Mental state may refer to:
- In clinical psychology and psychiatry, an indication of a person's mental health, as determined by a mental status examination
- In cognitive psychology and the philosophy of mind, a kind of hypothetical state or process that corresponds to thinking and feeling, consisting of a conglomerate of mental representations and propositional attitudes
- In Buddhism, a translation of the term cetasika, which is defined as aspects of the mind that apprehend the quality of an object, and that have the ability to color the mind.
- Altered state of consciousness, a mental state that is different from the normal state of consciousness
- Flow (psychology), the mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus
- Mental factors (Buddhism)
- Mood (psychology), an emotional state
- Propositional attitude, a relational mental state connecting a person to a proposition
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