Although we think our choices, attitudes, actions, and behaviors are conscious choices, the reality is quite another. The conscious mind is responsible just for 10% of our behaviors. The conscious mind also knows as the critical mind is where the verbal and mathematics skills are located. The conscious mind is also responsible for decision making, but the solution to our problems is found in the subconscious mind.
The subconscious mind is more powerful than we think. It is not a coincidence that advertisements, especially during a super bowl game, are extremely expensive. It is because commercials are directed to the subconscious mind, not to the conscious one. Why don’t new year’s resolutions work? Because it is made and acted upon by the conscious mind. Any permanent behavior change must happen at the subconscious mind level, otherwise, it will not last.
It is known that 90% of the mental functioning and behaviors are dictated by the subconscious mind. As mentioned above, just 10% come from the conscious or critical mind.
The subconscious mind doesn’t have the critical filter. It accepts everything that comes to us, literally. That is the reason we should be really careful with the words we speak, especially with children. They believe in everything and they store all the information in their memory banks, which are located in the subconscious mind. Children under seven years of age operate at the subconscious mind continuously. The critical mind doesn’t operate in the first seven years of life. Another reason for not letting children have a TV in the room and fall asleep watching it. The content of what the child is watching keeps its record in the subconscious mind. Even for adults, it is not a good idea to watch TV at bedtime. Reading a good novel is much healthier.
Becoming aware of the features of the subconscious mind can help us to develop a healthier lifestyle. They are:
1- The subconscious mind works as a reservoir to our memory bank. It absorbs and stores everything that comes from the environment.
2- The subconscious mind controls the autonomic nervous system. It is linked with psychosomatic diseases or disorders.
3- The subconscious mind is the seat of our emotions, feelings, and moods.
4- The subconscious mind is the seat of imagination and creativity.
5- The subconscious mind carries out habitual behaviors, good or bad.
6- The subconscious mind carries out our energy because it comes from our emotions.
7- The subconscious mind is the seat of our personality.
8- The subconscious mind is the reservoir of our preferences.
9- Daydreaming is a function of the subconscious mind.
10- The subconscious mind is where our problem-solving skills are located.
11- The subconscious mind is the seat of intuition!