The Subconscious

4 Dec



This has been a subject of great interest to me as I have seen it many times. I first got interested in this area when I read Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink. The book was basically composed of various examples of how people were able to use their subconscious without having any control of it. Utilizing one’s subconious is essentially unintentional. However, it is an accurate reflection on what we believe or think. Yet, there is only very little reasoning behind it.

Have you ever heard of first impressions? Well, that would be one person’s subconsciously making a observation upon another. You might see a color or a piece of clothing that you don’t like due to a past experience. Your subconscious applies that past experience to your current observation, correlating the two things together. For example, lets say you had a memory with a clown when you were small. This clown had frightened you. Now that you are older, you do not recall the memory of the clown as well as you though you could. This would be the memory area of your mind that you can access. However, the subconscious also carries this memory. But, it is untouchable. In the future, you see a person with similar colors to the clown, and immediately make the judgment that you would not like him. You personally don’t realize the lack of a thought process until you psychoanalyze that statement. However, your subconscious has matched your hating with clowns to the color of the clown on another person.

Have you also ever heard of the statement that we can only access 10% of our brain? Well, the subconscious is a great example of what we cannot access. It is a part of the mind that essentially has a mind of its own. I have also looked at this principle exhibited by the narrator in the Journal of a Plague Year written by Daniel Defoe. While the narrator claims he is a devote Christian, he subconsciously uses existential reasoning to make is claims on the Plague. As he desires to follow is religion, his subconscious essentially takes control for his reasoning.



This could be a untapped resource of information. If people are able to access this part of their mind, we may have a breakthrough in understanding the intricacies of the human mind.

Malcolm Gladwell – Blink


One Response to “The Subconscious”

  1. Matthew Alin December 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    Nice. The sub concious. I believe everything originates from the subconcious. Such an important part of the mind yet such little attention we pay to it. Alas. [sigh]

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