The Power Of The Unconscious

The most powerful and under appreciated part of your brain is that part that by definition you’re unaware of: your unconsciousness. THE conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises,” wrote Sigmund Freud. For him, the unconscious/subconscious (he used the words interchangeably at first) played an outsized role in governing human behaviour. 

According to Wolf Singer, former director of the Max Planck Institute for Brain research in Frankfurt, Germany, our unconscious accounts for a ,amor part of our decision making activity. In fact, whenever we take action, our conscious brain is often the last to know. There’s a good reason for this. Our unconscious is designed to work faster in order to ensure our survival. There are two parallel systems in the brain that control behavior. When we practice a behavior enough, we can automate it, allowing the habit system to take over. This frees up the conscious, non-habit system to focus on something else. 

By keeping your heart pumping and by allowing you to continue breathing without having to think about it, the unconscious is literally keeping you alive. And it seems the unconscious mind is running us on its automatic pilot mode, 95% of the time!

Neuroscientists have shown that the conscious mind provides 5% or less of our cognitive (conscious) activity during the day – and 5% they say is for the more aware people, many people operate at just 1% consciousness. Dr Lipton also says that the unconscious mind operates at 40 million bits of data per second, whereas the conscious mind processes at only 40 bits per second. 

So the unconscious mind is MUCH more powerful than the conscious mind, and it is the unconscious mind which shapes how we live our life.

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