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An In Depth Look into the Unconscious Mind

The Unconscious Mind, Attitudes, Prejudice, and Groupthink

2012
Christine Vest
Psychology 110
10/21/2012
An In Depth Look into the Unconscious Mind

The Unconscious Mind, Attitudes, Prejudice, and Groupthink

2012
Christine Vest
Psychology 110
10/21/2012

Do you believe that people have an unconscious mind? If so, how does it affect thoughts, feelings, and behavior? The whole idea of the unconscious is far deeper than our human minds can comprehend. Sometimes we look back on things and wonder why we did it, and maybe if our minds were in a different state of consciousness we would have performed better or reacted differently. Sigmund Freud defines this as a term for thoughts or motives that lie beyond a person’s normal awareness but that can be made available through psychoanalysis (Carpenter, 2010, p. 448). I feel that there are numerous states of consciousness that range from the altered state of conscious (such as sleeping) to the highest level of consciousness (the total integration of one). Most people in their lifetime never achieve this state. I feel that it has something to do with finding yourself and your purpose in this life and fighting off whatever demons or negative energy you have surrounding yourself. Balance, whether it is good or evil, yin and yang, balancing your body and mind through meditation, or balancing your surroundings through feng shui; needs to happen in order for you to focus on your different states of consciousness. You, as the keeper of your being, needs to ensure this is done so you can be aware and focused of your surroundings and what’s going on in life and in a way find peace within yourself. Whatever it is, our unconscious plays a part in the decisions we make and the lives we lead. Everything the unconscious represents, whether it is subliminal perceptions, thoughts, habits, fears, or phobias; can be seen as the source of dreams, automatic thoughts, and one’s internal locus of knowledge. So when asked the question if I believe people have an unconscious mind? I say, yes, yes they do. The unconscious mind plays a big role in the way we live our life, like I stated earlier and it affects our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It affects our thoughts by taking in subliminal messages or whatever messages are around us and makes us reflect on those messages by interpreting it in some way that is unique to our personality. “In 2005 Tsuchiya invented a technique, continuous flash suppression, which renders a picture invisible, hiding it from your conscious sight. Yet some part of your brain has access to the image and influences your behavior in untold ways. The way it works is simple. Say Tsuchiya wants to camouflage a picture of an angry male face. With the help of a split computer screen, Tsuchiya projects a faint image of this snarling guy into your left eye. Your right eye sees a rapidly changing set of colored rectangles, one on top of another. If you keep both eyes open, all you see are the ever changing series of colored patches but no angry face. The constantly flickering colors attract your attention in a way that the static portrait does not. As soon as you close your right eye, the face becomes visible. But otherwise you have no inkling that the face is there, even though your left eye has been staring at it for many minutes. You simply do not see it (Koch, 2008)”. It just goes to show that this brain activity remains unconscious but may influence your behavior or generate a subtle feeling of unease. The subject of how it affects our feelings is a little bit different than that of our thoughts. It takes the energies around us and makes us respond to them through our emotional state. For instance, if you have had a good day all day and suddenly you are in the presence of someone who has had a bad one, you can automatically become affected by it. Before you know it, all of a sudden you are starting to feel...
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