The Subconscious Mind
There is an abundance of data written about the subconscious mind, so to keep the information here to a minimum, but as informative as possible, what follows is predominantly the subconscious minds relevance only with this method of therapy. Importantly, this information is also aimed at giving the reader a better understanding of the subconscious that will aid more positive outcomes from therapy.
What Is The Subconscious Mind?
The Subconscious, the Unconscious, the Deep Inner Mind; Whatever you call it, if you were to ask a thousand people to explain what it is, you would get close to a thousand different answers. One thing is for certain, it is an “activity” as opposed to a physical thing.
As Ian White notes: “Millions of words have been written about “the subconscious,” the “unconscious mind” and its relevance to our experience. Material “repressed” in the subconscious was, of course, the basis of Freud’s propositions and teachings; Jung’s theories of the collective unconscious have gained traction in our society, and most therapeutic approaches hold to some definition about how the “subconscious mind” fits in with the scheme of things.
The sheer fact persists, that unconscious means un-conscious. There’s no such thing as a “knowing” of one’s subconscious or unconscious mind. The moment a cognitive construct (idea) related to the “subconscious” comes to our awareness, it is no longer subconscious.”
Other S/C Facts:
Affective Neuroscience facts on the Subconscious Mind;
- Development: The subconscious starts to develop at the formation of around 22 weeks in the womb, whereas the conscious mind doesn’t start to develop until the approximate age of 18 months.
- Storage: Has approximately 5 times the capacity of the conscious mind and is the store house of all memories: feelings, thoughts, experiences. Memory of imprinting past events and encoding past responses.
- Automatically controls body functions: The subconscious mind is able to exert control over the body in various ways. It does this through the medium of the autonomic nervous system, aided by the humoral and hormonal mechanisms. A simple suggestion for a part of the body to feel warm, whether external suggestion or by self, is frequently followed by localised vasodilation via the autonomic nervous system. Psychosomatic disorders also rely on these mechanisms for their origin and persistence.
These mechanisms also account, in large part, for the dynamic of self-healing in the human being, and are generated through subconscious processes.
- Performs the process of self-healing: Reframing – The human unconscious has the capacity to “change its mind” about any aspect that may have been previously “stable” when it is given the opportunity to realise and understand its current redundancy.
- Has a voracious apetite to learn: The unconscious is capable of learning new skills and arriving at “its own” realizations voraciously. And it does this independently of the conscious analytical processes of the mind.
So, we do not define the “unconscious” or the “subconscious” in terms other than that part of the non-aware processes of the brain and mind that create our emotional reactive self, store the information and access it at a later time.
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Resources: Affectology documents from Ian White. Click here to go to the main website for Affectology.