The subconscious mind:
Think of the subconscious mind as the storage room of everything that is currently not in your conscious mind.
The subconscious mind stores all of your previous life experiences, your beliefs, your memories, you skills, all situations you’ve been through and all images you’ve ever seen.
The best way to understand the subconscious mind is to look at the example of the person who wants to learn how to drive a car. At the beginning he wouldn’t be able to hold a conversation with anyone while driving as he would be focusing on the different moves involved. That’s because he’s still using his conscious mind to drive.
The subconscious mind; your Autopilot!
Few weeks later driving becomes a natural habit that happens automatically without needing to think about it. That person could even start using his cell phone or talking to his friends while driving.
This happened because the driving habit has been transferred to his subconscious mind and so the conscious mind become free. This allowed him to use it to talk in his cell phone.
The subconscious mind is responsible for the automatically triggered feelings and emotions that you suddenly experience upon facing a new situation. If you were about to give a presentation then all the fear and anxiety feelings you might experience are in fact launched and controlled by your subconscious mind.
The conscious mind is, on the other hand, responsible for logic, calculations and all actions that are performed while you are conscious. The subconscious mind also controls other functions in your body like breathing and heart beats.
Another good example that can help you better understand the subconscious mind is the process of breathing. Before you started reading the previous line your breathing was controlled by your subconscious.
I want you now to try and control your breathing for one minute. You will be able to do so of course. This time it was the conscious mind that was controlling your breathing,but when you let go of your focus your subconscious mind will takeover again.
How you can you program your subconscious mind
When the information about driving is stored into your subconscious mind it’s stored as a program. Think of your mind as a computer and the driving information as software that can be run automatically whenever needed.
The same goes for lots of other activities and emotions. If someone annoyed you the installed program of anger is going to be launched and the result will be a behavior that you may regret later.
By programming the subconscious mind with new programs you can fix many problems in your personality. Just make sure that your autopilot is capable of running your system without ruining your life or causing you any problems.
Programming your subconscious can be done through hypnosis. The subconscious mind learns by repetition and not by logic. This is why you can convince someone to believe in something by repeating your argument again and again rather than using logic. For more information on this topic see the guide to the psychology of convincing
Rules of the subconscious mind
In order to best use the power of your subconscious mind you must first know how the subconscious mind works. The subconscious mind is governed by many rules.
Learning about these rules will allow you to make the best use out of your subconscious mind with the least effort. At the bottom of the article is a link that contains all the information you need to know about the rules of the subconscious mind.
Ego defense mechanisms
Just like your body has got its defenses against physical wounds and injuries your subconscious mind has got its defenses against emotional shocks and wounds.
These are called ego defense mechanisms or unconscious defense mechanisms. The ego defense mechanisms’ main function is to protect your well-being and to help you overcome emotional shocks.
The subconscious mind and forgetting about someone
The main reason people stay broken after breakups is that they have false beliefs about relationships stored in their subconscious minds. In my book, how to get over anyone in few days, i described how can getting rid of beliefs like “the one” or “the soul mate” help you forget about anybody in few days.
As soon as someone gets rid of these beliefs he will realize that he can one day find another person who replaces the one who left him and so recovery happens.
Using your conscious and subconscious mind together
The conscious and the subconscious mind can make a great team if you used them together. The first can handle some tasks then assigns them to the second while the second can send feedback and messages about the task in the form of emotions to the first.
Emotions are no more than messages sent by your subconscious mind in order to notify you about something.
By learning how to make the best use of the cooperation between your conscious and subconscious mind your life skills will improve and you will have much more control over your emotions.
The subconscious mind does not differentiate between visualizations and real situations:
Have you been to a horror movie lately? If you have, then you must have noticed how your pulse raced in fear and horror despite facing no real danger.In simpler words because your subconscious mind does not differentiate between real and imagery situations it assumed that you are facing a real threat rather than an imagery one. Suppose you had to give a presentation. If you properly visualized your presentation a couple of times before you actually gave it then your subconscious mind will believe that you’ve performed so well in your previous ‘presentations’ and as a result you might do well in the real presentation
Your subconscious feels that time passes faster:
Have you ever wondered why time always seems to fly whenever you’re doing something interesting? It’s because you don’t keep looking at your watch every few minutes. Something you would have probably done if you were in a situation where you were feeling bored. Because the subconscious mind doesn’t have a sharp sense of time you’d feel like you’ve hardly spent any time while doing a joyful activity. The same happens when you fall asleep. When you go to sleep your conscious mind becomes dormant while your subconscious mind stays awake. That’s why time passes quickly while you are unconscious.
The longer the subconscious mind believes something, the harder will it be to alter this belief in any way:
If you have a longstanding belief it will definitely be more difficult to alter it than a recently formed one.
Every thought causes a physical reaction:
If you thought that you are going to perform badly in a presentation then your pulse and breathing rate will start to race as soon as you start talking. These physical changes are caused by that one thing; the belief or the thought.
What you expect tends to be realized:
If you are sure that you are going to fail an exam then you will indeed fail even if you have all what it takes to succeed. Your thoughts and expectations serve as the master plan for your subconscious mind. So whenever you think of something your subconscious mind will do its best to make it come true.
Finding proofs to your beliefs strengthens them:
If you believe that you were not good-looking and someone made a remark confirming your suspicion you will probably believe even more that you are not good looking.
The subconscious mind always prevails in conflicts with the conscious one::
If you are achluophobic (afraid of the dark) and you passed into a dark room you will definitely feel afraid and anxious even if you tried to consciously convince yourself that there is nothing to be afraid of. This happens because the subconscious mind is more powerful than the conscious mind.
An idea, once accepted, will remain firmly in place until it is replaced by another:
For example, up until the fifteenth century people believed that the earth was flat. When it was proven that the earth was a round the people of that time simply accepted this new fact replacing the old belief with the new one.
The greater the conscious effort the lesser the subconscious response:
This can be best explained by the example of someone who suffers from insomnia(inability to sleep). Consciously trying to sleep will only make this person even more awake. By avoiding conscious effort and thinking of anything else instead he will find it easier to sleep
Suggestions can be used to “program” the subconscious mind:
This is the main idea behind hypnosis. Namely sending suggestions to the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind accepts all suggestions that are sent to it provided that the conscious mind’s supervision is absent. For more information on that make sure you check the hypnosis section