Many people like to gossip with friends in their spare time. Why be concerned with gossips? Because it’s much easier, as well as far more enjoyable, to recognize and label the mistakes of others than to identify our own. Asking questions, otherwise, is difficult at the best of times. We find it hard to question what we believe and want in different situations. Why is that and which parts of the brain are responsible for them? The answer is: the subconscious and conscious mind
Our mind is divided into 2 separate systems according to Daniel Kahneman who is the international bestseller of the book called “Thinking, fast and slow”. System I is also the subconscious mind, operating automatically and quickly, with little or no effort and no sense of voluntary control.
System II which is the conscious mind allocates attention to the effortful mental activities that demand it, including complex computations. The operations of System II are often associated with the subjective experience of agency, choice, and concentration.
Thinking fast, and slow: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow
The subconscious mind
Our brain seeks to automate much of what we do to save us time and brain energy. These are our brain’s subconscious processes. They take care of our basic life functioning, our fight or flight response, and our learned behaviours and habits we don’t really think about these things. They just happen on auto-pilot or it becomes second nature.
In fact, up to 95% of all our behaviours and reactions happen at the subconscious level. It controls pretty much everything we do every single day. Our subconscious is also responsible for the recording and storing of our experiences and knowledge, forming our memories. These are stored in our brain like photos in a picture album, which we can refer back to later the way we think and feel about these experiences forms a frame around the photo. This is how we give people, objects, or events meaning over time, this is how our attitudes develop for the most part.
Our subconscious processes help us navigate the world efficiently. Yet sometimes we might develop unhelpful habits or attitudes that prevent us from achieving our goals. This is where conscious thinking will come into play.
The conscious mind
Our conscious processing involves our higher thinking capacity where we can be more mindful in what we think, feel, and do. We can use conscious thinking to reprogram our subconscious and change our thoughts, attitudes, and habits. While thinking consciously takes more energy, it is how we take greater control of our brain and achieve our goals. We have to use our conscious minds to solve complicated math exercises or find solutions when difficulties and challenges come.
However, remember that, the unconscious governs 95% of your daily activities. It filters and stores everything you go through and experience in life. It has no limits. Therefore, if you want to achieve success, you have to set your subconscious up for success first.
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