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Thinking in Two Modes: Conscious and Unconscious!

What's going through our heads?

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In psychology, the words "Conscious" and "Subconscious" are used inconsistently to describe the mental state. Even for professionals in the area, it is very difficult to distinguish between the two due to their shared comparable and vague characteristics. From a theoretical perspective, the human mind may be separated into three states: the conscious mind, the subconscious mind, and the unconscious mind.

Numerous research investigations have been conducted to distinguish and examine these concepts in terms of how they characterise human attitudes and behavioural patterns. The conscious mind is responsible for reasoning and logical thinking, whilst the subconscious mind is responsible for automatic acts; the primary distinction between the conscious and subconscious mind lies in the fundamental human functions and mental processes.

Our present-moment awareness is what we mean by the conscious mind. Both the outside world and our own mental processes are influencing our perception of the world around us. We're conscious of things like our surroundings, our breathing, and any other individuals that may be there.

Preconscious or subconscious information may be found in this part of the brain. When we pay attention to it, we're able to learn about it. Memory recall is the analogy I'm using. It's not uncommon for us to stroll down the street to our houses without giving any thought to where we're going. I've driven home from work many times without having to "consciously" think about where I'm going. I'm sure you've had this happen to you as well. We don't have to put in any extra effort to remember the phone numbers we use all the time.

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Take a look at this from a different angle: while learning to drive, every movement we do is done in the presence of our mind, such as shifting gears, using the brakes, and so on. When we've been driving for a while, we're able to do it without thinking. We let our hands and feet take care of our own business, and as a result, we tend to become rather content.

Simply deciding and critical thinking not only requires more mental energy, but it also can be a sluggish cycle, so our cerebrum tries to preserve energy by creating productive ways of working in order to make up for the fact that it uses a lot of it when it's doing its job, which is especially the case when we need to concentrate and think carefully about something. This is accomplished, in part, via the use of both conscious and subconscious manipulation.

Our minds are always trying to find ways to simplify and speed up processes in order to save time and mental capacity. These are the activities that take place in our minds' psyches; they deal with the most basic aspects of our lives, such as our innate reactions, taught patterns of behaviour, and tendencies.

We don't really give these things much thought; rather, they just take place on autopilot or become second nature to us. The mind is responsible for up to 95 percent of our reactions and general ways of acting, which is a startling statistic to consider. These are stored in our brains like photographs in an image collection, which we can refer back to at a later time.


The manner in which we think and feel about these experiences shapes an edge around the photograph. Our inner mind is also associated with the recording and putting away of our experiences and information, which shapes our memories. This is how we provide persons, things, or events with significance, and this, in turn, is how our viewpoints come into being through time.

In general, the processes of our minds help us explore the world more efficiently. However, there are times when we may cultivate meaningless proclivities or attitudes that prevent us from achieving our goals. This is the moment when the most mindful thinking might aid us.

Our conscious management consists of our greater reasoning limit, which enables us to be more cautious and thoughtful about our mental process, and we feel this way. We can, via the use of cognitive thinking, rework the contents of our subconscious brains and alter our attitudes, demeanour, and tendencies.

Although it requires more effort to think carefully, this is the most effective approach for us to acquire a more prominent command over our brains and achieve what we set out to do.

Exercise your mind to imagine better ideas

When we are experiencing unpleasant feelings, we should become aware of the ideas that we are thinking and then shift the focus of our attention to something that makes us feel better. If you keep doing this, you will eventually create a new and improved habit of conscious thinking. When this occurs, whatever lies in the subconscious is of little consequence since, if they are not visited, unwanted memories or expectations lose their ability to trouble us. We have successfully escaped the fish aquarium.

This method is effective on its own, but devoting 15–20 minutes of your day to meditation may be of tremendous assistance in altering patterns of habitual thinking. When we are in a meditative state, the amplitudes of our brain waves are greater than normal. This causes our emotional highs and lows to be more intense than they normally would be. Stay strong, and soon enough the highs will outweigh the lows, which will result in a significant improvement in our regular state of mind.


There are a lot of different ways to meditate. I like doing the simplest thing first, which is to close my eyes and, without making any adjustments, watch my breath as it goes in and out. A mantra, counting, or concentrating on a sound that is repeated in the surroundings are all effective alternatives. The one that successfully interrupts your train of thinking while simultaneously promoting a state of profound relaxation is the ideal option.

Conscious and Mindful Thinking- (Live) Sanja Bodiroga Podcast


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