Amazing secrets about the human mind: The subconscious mind is fascinating!
The subconscious mind is that part of the mind that operates beyond our level of awareness. The subconscious mind is much larger, more substantial and, compared to the conscious mind, it is responsible for a much larger area of the survival functions.
The conscious mind is responsible for all the analytical thinking, the logical order, the cause-effect connections, etc. The conscious mind is the base of cognitive learning and understanding and uses the intellect to find logical solutions to problems. It makes choices based on facts and deliberately move the body.
From a conscious point of view we can process a small amount of information, while the subconscious mind is capable of much more. Due to the subconscious we can perceive the landscapes around us, we collect subtle details from the others, we observe small changes internally or externally.
Have you ever felt that a person was looking at you and then you turned around to see who that person was? Or did you meet a friend who was going to give you bad news and even before he told you, you felt something was wrong? Or you may be a person who respects the first impression, instincts, chemistry or intuition. All these dwell in the subconscious mind.
Our values system, the norms and beliefs we have about society, what we think is possible and what is not, are all integrated at the subconscious level.
The amazing curiosities about the human subconscious mind
1. The subconscious speaks to you through dreams
Dreams are a creation of the subconscious. Through the dream, aspects of our subconscious come to life: desires, fears, symbols – all encoded at the subconscious level through complex emotions of which we are not necessarily aware in real life.
The father of psychoanalysis Carl Jung showed that dreams are a way of knowing our subconscious. Dreams are a mirror for the subconscious, their function being to guide the conscious mind to find solutions to the problems we have in our daily lives.
“Dreams help us process emotions, encode them and build memories about them. What we see and experience in dreams is not necessarily the truth, but the emotions attached to this experience are certainly true. Stories from our dreams try to bring out the emotion of a certain event, creating a memory of that happening. ”- Scientific America
2. The subconscious mind is a product of habits
Our behavior is based on actions and interactions that have been formed through repetition.
The subconscious mind, meaning absolutely all aspects of the behavior, personality or actions of which we are not aware, is formed in our first years of life. The behavior patterns were formed between 0-8 years.
The subconscious mind guides daily life habits such as walking or how we use physiological objects or functions of the body such as heartbeat, breathing, kidney function, digestion, etc. but at the same time our psychological mechanisms in the interactions with others.
At therapy, especially the cognitive behavioral one, people open to self-knowledge are encouraged to look from the outside of these behavioral mechanisms – patterns of behavior formed many years ago. There are ways of thinking or acting that often put obstacles in daily life. For example, beliefs stored in the subconscious mind that: “I am not capable of anything” or “I cannot trust anyone” and so on. This awareness of how the subconscious works can help you understand why some people tend to look negatively at situations, and others positively – the minds of those who think negative have rather experienced repetitive and negative life experiences, which created for them a generalized perception stored on an unconscious level, a pattern based on which they always and interpret what happens to them.
3. The subconscious mind thinks with emotions and not with arguments
The subconscious mind is considered to be the seat of our primary instincts. The subconscious mind creates our emotions, often independently of the input coming from the conscious mind. This explains why emotions seem irrational or inappropriate.
One of the most important tasks of the subconscious mind is to define ourselves and to make sense of the surrounding world. The subconscious uses emotions, memories, beliefs and values as filters to navigate a world composed of a huge amount of information to which we are exposed. In other words, what we perceive as “reality” is determined by a subconscious filter.
4. The subconscious is always awake
Whether we sleep or not, the subconscious always works to control the vital functions of the body. During sleep we still hear and process information. That is why there are many methods of therapy or hypnosis that are performed during sleep.
The specialized studies have not confirmed until now, the scientific veracity of the presumption that we can be influenced in sleep, through the suggestions transmitted to the subconscious.
5. The subconscious mind takes everything literally
The subconscious mind takes everything “mot-a-mot”. That is why we are so scared of horror movies or we are surprised by photoshop photos, even though we rationally know that these images are not true. They are false to the conscious mind, but true to our emotional mind.
6. The subconscious functions like a microprocessor
The human mind is able to process huge amounts of information coming from all our senses and can translate them into the brain, like the microprocessor on which a computer works.