Our cognitive mind never acts completely alone. It is always taking into consideration how we feel and what we have been taught and then comes up with the best conclusions it can. When we do not like our lot in life or the way we have been feeling our cognitive mind tries hard to figure out how and why we have gotten to this place and how to get to a better place. If this goes on long it often leads to racing thoughts as it gets more desperate for a solution. When our visceral beliefs lead in two very different directions it can also set up the proverbial devil on one shoulder and angel on the other or what some people refer to as a committee in their head.
For example I do not think a wolf sits around and thinks about why he feels the way he does or why the alpha wolf always gets to eat first or gets the best female wolfs or has the best den, etc. We as humans of course do this sort of thing and it can be very motivating as well as productive for ourselves and society as a whole. However, it also has its problems since we can get stuck in this evaluation process, which can cause us to feel poorly about ourselves and others, which can then lead to all sorts of problems for how we related to ourselves and others.
The last point I would like to make about the cognitive mind is that it tends to want certainty, and in striving for this it generally simplifies things too much and attributes too much to a particular event or idea. What I mean by this is that when two people are arguing over something there is normally some truth on each side, but each person is trying to take their little bit of truth and extrapolate it too far. In reality, the truths on both sides normally fit together in a messy way that leaves uncertainty, which is uncomfortable and therefore avoided.