“The conscious mind may be compared to a fountain playing in the sun and falling back into the great subterranean pool of subconscious from which it rises.”
~ Sigmund Freud
Various theories of the human mind exist. Yet, the human mind is not something we can observe objectively and directly. Therefore, any discussion about it, by its nature, is theoretical, based on what we sense through self-analysis. From one’s own experience of the ‘mind’, we apply the same condition to other people, each individual with his or her own mind – perceiving and interacting via thought/language, emotion, and behavior.
That being said, I will share, here, one theory I have learned while studying hypnotherapy. The video shows one of my instructors elaborating further on the topic.
The Four Areas of the Mind:
1. The conscious mind: Retains and remembers the events and feelings of about the past one and one half hours only.
2. Critical area of mind: Part conscious and part subconscious. Contains memories of about the past 24 hours only. any time a suggestion is given to a subject that is detrimental to one’s well-being or in total opposition to one’s way of thinking, will critically reject it.
3. Modern memory area of mind: Part of the subconscious mind. Holds memory from conception to present in this life.
4. Primitive area of mind: Part of the subconscious mind. Includes all the primitive memory that lies dormant, including genetic heritage, evolved learning, and conditioning. Will react only when triggered, regressed, or threatened beyond the point of reason. Examples may be a fight or flight reaction or an impulse to kill. Suggestions affecting this area result in rapid reaction without reason.
We are born with the primitive mind, then, as we grow, we have experiences and they become labeled unconsciously as good or bad, positive or negative. Then, at about the age of 8, we have a more developed critical area of the mind. This functions as a filter to accept or reject a message that enters the mind via sensory perceptions. The area of mind that’s aware of mental processes is the conscious part where reason, logic, analysis, willpower, and decision-making activities take place.
If we are to quantify the conscious and the subconscious mind in terms of how much each area is involved in every facet of our daily lives, the former would be 12% and the latter 88%.