Subconscious Mind and Behavior
“All the things that happen in our lives are tied to the subconscious. This is because it is, more than anything, the matrix of our repetitions”.
Impact of subconscious mind on our behavior. Subconscious mind play vital role in how
we behave and react. Many of the readers will say they have self control and they can control their behavior. But our actions remain under limited. Prior to taking actions or deciding on something, we do so using our conscious mind. Our lives are full with different actions and reactions at every time. These actions are not always result of our conscious decisions, hence our subconscious mind play vital role.
In simple words we have different attitude for different people in same group we are communicating with, our conscious mind does not always ping a message to change behavior or attitude with different members in same group, it happen automatically when in group. This is beyond your control. All actions controlled by subconscious mind are beyond human control. Heart beat gets faster automatically when we experience fear, body shiver automatically when we feel cold.
Study of subconscious mind and understanding of it can help improve our personal relationships and help us understand people better.
Now what is subconscious mind?
To understand it in simple words let’s consider an example when we first start using computer and start typing using keyboard. When we first learn to type, our focus is directed on each key of the keyboard. We concentrate on each and every alphabet that we type. We notice how pointer moves on the screen; we take into notice words with red and blue lines under and correct them first before typing further. As we become skilled, our subconscious mind record our actions and we start typing without making conscious efforts. We automatically avoid mistakes, now we focus more on screen than on keys while typing, we play music along side and do typing work with minimal corrections. As our proficiency increases our typing process becomes natural and our decisions are automatic.
Let’s perform one practical experiment to have more clear understanding and power of subconscious mind. Place your hands horizontally, with your palm facing up in front of you and imagine holding your favorite fruit. Your mouth will salivate as a response to the thought. Our subconscious mind know nothing about our fav fruit, it is your imagination. Subconscious mind know no logics and believes what the conscious mind think.
Subconscious mind and what happens in it?
Our life’s journey represent many subconscious actions. Your smiling and laughing style never changes, people can very easily guess difference between fake and real smile, and these are all actions and functions of subconscious mind.
We gather knowledge along the way we move, we judge people around us and distinguish good or bad. Based purely on our biased knowledge because person bad for us is not bad for all and person good for us is not good for all. We make decisions about others based on the way people look, talk and walk. When child met someone with grey eyes dull expressions angry mood, dirty clothes they form conclusion such people are bad.
When such experiences are repeated, our beliefs support our subconscious thoughts. We remind ourselves about same experience in the past and form same bad conclusion for people with same looks expression and behavior. Our judgments are reinforced.
How Behavior is Driven by Subconscious Mind?
We do daily activities with our conscious mind, but actions depend on the subconscious mind. They are same and reflex actions in certain ways, but vary. Where Physical reflex actions are concerned, actions and disturbance in and around you arise, and before we realize, our body responds to the disturbance. Right after our reflex action, we know how our body responded. Same way when subconscious mind takes control conscious mind is unaware that you responded to the subconscious mind. Conscious mind is analytical and logical whereas subconscious mind is irrational. Our behavior is governed by the subconscious mind.
What effects subconscious mind has on our behavior:
There is list of items our subconscious mind deems you are “not ok” with. These items fall under two categories.
Things with which we are comfortable with and can say ,” it is not ok for me” or “I cannot do this”. We have no conscience about related to these things.
The second category relates to things we find are complex, perhaps people that hurt you. These includes hurt feelings concerning your short comings, thinking about your weaknesses while feeling ashamed to accept them. This handles our abnormal and unnatural behavior.
These relate to formed opinions of yourself “I am not ok” in your childhood. These thoughts are reinforced in your subconscious mind. These related to experiences we had and felt ashamed. You naturally want to forget these things since they invoke unpleasant memories. Conscious mind removes them but subconscious mind has them stored. These memories form subconscious pain points.
We all go through many experiences and incidents in life, but few incidents touch these pain points in subconscious mind and we respond sorely. When we experience such situations such pain points, we are overpowered and our response is without control. These could be same sensations we experienced when we went through an unpleasant incident as a child.
We can conclude the driven-ness of our behavior – you are driven to take actions and are powerless in these circumstances. You might not prefer to be under control, yet you function with your subconscious mind driven you to.
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