While we all know about the benefits of the subconscious mind, have you ever been curious about its drawbacks? Continue reading to find out the answers.
1. The subconscious cruelty: Pareidolia
Pareidolia is a mistake that our subconscious mind makes on a regular basis. When we see something that follows a vaguely familiar pattern, our brain jumps the gun to fill the blanks. That’s why children see people lurking in the shadows or phantom after they get scared, watching thriller movies.
Moreover, pareidolia is especially sensitive to faces, which is an explanation for moments you see someone’s face hiding on the sides of buildings. However, pareidolia is not only a visual illusion but also a sound one. Do you remember when you heard whispers coming from the noisy air-conditioner? That is when your brain has fallen for the exact same unconscious trick. No one was talking but the pattern was close enough to fool your subconscious mind. Yes, it’s time when you fall into the subconscious cruelty.
Read more about the definition of Pareidolia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia
2. Snap judgement
Our brain makes very quick decisions when meeting new people. But how quick it is and how accurate are the choices in the long run? Two researchers from Stanford asked the same pair of questions to a group of participants and measured their snap judgements at different intervals. It turns out it only took one or two seconds for people to judge everything from success to intelligence.
It doesn’t matter that you know nothing beforehand, all you need is that tiny interval to make all kinds of assumptions about someone’s character. Surprisingly, these snap judgements are usually rights. But the bad news is that no one has really figured out the perfect recipe for a positive snap judgement. All we know are things like good hygiene and a warm smile, which will nudge you in the right direction. Don’t judge the book only by its cover.
3. Knowing our limits
Do you usually stare at your feet when walking or look at your figures whenever you pick something up? Obviously not, most of the time you don’t give your extremities more than a passing glance. The reason is because the subconscious has memorized the physical boundaries of your body.
However, your physical body and your image body don’t match and this happens to many people who undergo one or more amputations. They experience something called phantom limb syndrome. Basically, their brain thinks their missing limb is still there even it isn’t. It’s very common for phantom limbs to move around like normal hands or feet. These phantom limbs can stick around for months and even years because even though your body has changed shape, your unconscious is still clinging to the past. Moreover, this subconscious cruelty often happens to people when they miss something they really love, commonly, a missing beloved.
4. An illogical brain
In the same vein, your subconscious mind doesn’t understand logic either. It relies on instincts and desires to govern its behavior. Sometimes, it can be helpful, but to navigate our complicated lives, we need something much more thoughtful. Luckily, we have our conscious minds to make sense of subconscious desires. The unconscious brain is vital, but without the conscious, you wouldn’t stand a chance at living a normal life.
5. It hates questions
Your subconscious mind doesn’t like to ask questions. It’s not designed to analyze or have opinions about the outer world. It is often compared to a computer or a robot because in many ways it acts like one. As important as the subconscious is, we would be an absolute mess without the consciousness. We need a part of the brain to make us rational, analytical, and objective. It’s important for you to use both parts of your brain wisely to step away from this subconscious cruelty.
6. Subconscious symptom
The subconscious has the ability to speak through your body, so when you feel frustrated and distressed, it stimulates all kinds of physical symptoms. Then, you might notice rash or pimples popping out of nowhere or your joints start randomly aching.
These are commonly misdiagnosed symptoms because they have no illness involved, it’s all your unconscious. You need to remember that the subconscious controls pretty much everything in your body, therefore when it feels stressed, some automatic functions start going off the rails. Then, your brain would tighten your abdominal muscles or stop producing digestive hormones. Both of them lead to stress-induced stomach aches, which people often blame for food they ate when getting this symptom.
7. It can’t tell the difference
Your subconscious is not capable of distinguishing between what’s real and what’s imaginary. It perceives everything around us and senses them in the same way. If you were in a new environment and have to deal with new challenges, it’s time your conscious mind would come into play to analyze new data to cope with situations. The subconscious is totally numb in these circumstances.
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