The Conscious and Subconscious Mind
The Conscious and Subconscious Mind is a subject that for most people is ok, that is until you start to talk about the subconscious or as it is sometimes called, the unconscious mind. And as I have come across that so many times, I would like to begin a discussion about it with the hope of taking some of the mystery out of the subconscious or unconscious mind, and make it a little easier to understand.
The truth is, whether it is the conscious and subconscious mind, it is all consciousness. It is all one mind! You see, the unconscious mind is the part of your mind that is outside of your awareness right now. It is the part of us that stores our memories. In fact, it allows the conscious mind to be free to do what it wants. It is a very important part of us, in that it actually controls our bodily functions. It holds repressed feelings, automatic skills, unacknowledged perceptions, thoughts, habits and automatic reactions, complexes, hidden phobias and desires. Wikipedia describe
s it like this; “the unconscious mind (often simply called the unconscious) is all the processes of the mind which are not available to consciousness.” So it is a very powerful part of us.
Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist who founded the discipline of psychoanalysis, and perhaps this is where some of the mystery for the unconscious mind could probably be attributed to. He divided the mind into the conscious mind or “ego”, and the unconscious mind. Then, he further subdivided
the unconscious mind into instincts or drives called “id”, and the conscience as the “superego.” All, as he believed that significant psychic events take place in, and messages come up from the unconscious mind. Around which he developed different types of treatment therapies; psychoanalysis and Freud concepts.
Today, different therapy models like the Cognitive- behavioral therapy model are in employ. It enables a structured consultation, and provides the clinician with a broad range of techniques to help the patient address his or her current problems. The patient can also utilize these solutions themselves, between therapy sessions.
And now also available are Neurolinguistic Programming, Hypnotherapy, and Aromatherapy too, that can help us.
And as we move our awareness inward, we make the unconscious mind then to become conscious. And hopefully having all problems worked out then. The conscious mind is the place of cognitive learning and understanding. It uses the intellect to come up with logical solutions for problems; reacting to the world and all it has in it to deal with.
Thank goodness for the work of the unconscious mind. Can you imagine trying to remember to breathe as you are trying to figure out how to move out of the way of a fire engine, with its fire truck siren at full blast, speeding and navigating its way through the traffic in your rear view mirror? Do you breathe or concentrate on which way to move to get out of the fire trucks way?
And if two people had to figure out what to do with the same situation, each would have a different outcome. All based on their individual experiences with getting out of the way of the fire truck. It is like the example of telling a story to the first person and by the time it gets to the last person it is shared with, it is quite a different story.
Each person receives the story through their own experiences and repeats it after they have converted it to their way of thinking. All because we as human beings do not have the conscious capacity to focus on more than 7, give or take a few pieces of information at one time. It is as we say, take what you need and throw the rest away. Or in terms of Neurolinguistic Programming, Delete, distort and generalize. So, it is no wonder than, as to why when two people have the same information, each come up with their own solution to the problem.
And even so, everyone is still walking, talking and breathing meaning that it is all one consciousness, all one mind, working together, each doing its own part. The conscious mind to make sure the streets are crossed in safety and the unconscious mind to tell the feet how to walk and how the heart should be beating.
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