9 interesting facts about your subconscious mind

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Your subconscious mind is more amazing than you can imagine. No doubt, there will be things about it that you know, and things you don’t know.

Here are 9 interesting facts about your subconscious mind that you may not have known.

Some of you might recall Donald Rumsfelds tongue twister of an explanation a few years ago, when he was trying to explain the limitations of intelligence reports: “There are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” Well it’s true, there are things we know and things we don’t.

So here are 9 things you may not have known about your subconscious mind.

Number 1. The Subconscious Mind dreams

Dreams have been studied since the dawn of time by scientists, philosophers and theologians with a myriad of different theories and interpretations.

Sigmund Freud famously explained dreams as a window into our unconscious and a manifestation of our deepest desires and anxieties (mostly of a sexual nature) and repressed childhood memories or obsessions. However, even Freud admitted “sometimes even a cigar is just a cigar”.

Today neuroscience generally agrees that dreams are a purely physiological and represent the brain’s attempt to make sense of random thoughts and images from recent daytime experiences or memories that flit though the mind during sleep.

  1. The Subconscious Mind controls 95 percent of your life

Not all that surprising really as our subconscious mind controls each and every physical movement, whether voluntary or involuntary. Todays science estimates that 95 percent of our brains activity is unconscious, meaning that the majority of the decisions we make, the actions we take, our emotions and behaviours, depend on the 95 percent of brain activity that lies beyond conscious awareness.

  1. The Subconscious Mind is always awake

Your subconscious mind never sleeps, rests or takes a break because it controls all vital processes and functions of the body. For instance, the subconscious mind controls heartbeat, blood circulation, regulates digestion and elimination. In sleep our conscious mind becomes dormant while the subconscious mind stays fully awake. Science shows that we still hear and process everything even while asleep.

  1. The Subconscious Mind is habit-based

As we go about our daily routine such as waking up, travelling to and from work, eating, drinking and going to sleep it becomes second nature, we’ve formed habits. This is because we process information quickly and without being aware, this is the unconscious mind at work. Freud believed the unconscious mind does most of the work of our daily activities without us even realizing it.

  1. The Subconscious Mind takes everything literally

The subconscious mind has the habit of taking everything literally. It does not differentiate between negative and positive. So if you continually tell yourself that you’ll never succeed in a particular venture, it’s likely to turn out that way. The subconscious mind is subjective. It doesn’t think or reason independently, it simply obeys the commands it receives from your conscious mind. As Henry Ford said, “if you think you can, or if you think you can’t, you’re right!”

  1. The Subconscious Mind is present-based

When we dream about the future or get nostalgic thinking of the past, it is the conscious mind that’s at work. The conscious mind thinks in terms of past and future, rather than the present. Our subconscious mind is constantly focused on the present moment. This is why it’s so important to be mindful of your inner thoughts such as; “I am successful” rather than “I will be successful”.

  1. The Subconscious mind is like a computer processor

Computers were originally designed around the brain model, and at one time were called electronic brains. The human body functions much in the same way to modern day computers  or rather, computers operate in much the same way to the most complex processing unit there has ever been – the human brain. The subconscious mind is far more powerful than the conscious mind and can process huge quantities of information that come via your five senses and translate them back to your brain in the blink of an eye.

  1. The Subconscious Mind is primal

Our subconscious mind communicates in images, feelings and metaphors focusing on emotion rather than logic or reason. Our intuition is the complex system in the brain that acts like a bridge between the subconscious and the conscious mind. It’s the process of the brain that requires no analytical reasoning.

  1. The Subconscious mind is a multi-tasker 

Although many of us think we can multi-task, the truth is that it’s quite impossible to be consciously focused on two things at once. When we try to pay attention to two things at once the brain give its neuronal attention to one thing, then the other, then back to the first thing. We are never able to give simultaneous attention to two things at once. Equally it’s physically impossible to feel happy and sad at the same time or angry and calm, but we can switch between emotional episodes very quickly. Our subconscious however is a born multi-tasker.

Of course there are probably many more than 9 things you (we) may not have known about your subconscious mind, science is always on the look-out for more unknowns. As soon as I know… I’ll let you know.

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17 thoughts on “9 interesting facts about your subconscious mind”

  1. Very interesting article. I just finished viewing the mind altering Dali exhibit and I am really interested in learning more about the subconscious.

  2. Great summary list of insightful qualities of the subconscious mind.
    What would be very helpful would be links or footnotes to studies actually backing up these facts so we would not have to take them on faith and could learn more about each and how they were determined.

  3. I previously read a book on self hypnosis and how the sub-conscious mind works. About 25 yrs ago, I had a pinched nerve in my neck that was excrutiating and constant, it almost caused me to lose my mind. One very early morning I was in such pain, I went into the living room and sat in a rocking chair; the room was very dark and there was a mantle clock ticking a slow, mellow sound; I started rocking back and forth and repeating over and over to myself “totally relaxed, no pain” to the slow rythemic sound of the clock, there was no other sound; I did this for an extended time, and the pain stopped. I was shocked, but so at ease; It felt like a miracle, but I think I connected with my subconscious mind and it did the bidding. I tried to tell others about it, and got that look….kook, liar, so I stopped telling it a long time ago. I know it is true and I know it worked.

  4. I wish you’d talked more about subconscious being a multitasking mind, more into how it understands subliminals.

  5. This was really fascinating to read. It is very informative too. You have said our subconscious mind is present based, habit based. I wanted to know more about it. Like some steps that we could follow. Nevertheless, still it was a great read.

    1. Think of some famous inventors, artists, and scientists who have experienced moments of inspiration and insight that seemed to come from their subconscious mind. For example, Archimedes’ Eureka Moment, Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday”. The song came to Paul McCartney in a dream. Salvador Dali’s Surrealist Art. Dali used a technique called “paranoiac-critical method” to tap into his subconscious. He would intentionally put himself in a trance-like state to access his inner creativity.
      Your subconscious mind is a valuable tool for personal growth, self-improvement, and changing behaviour patterns, but it’s important to state that it’s not a cure-all for every challenge in life.

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