The Subconscious and Conscious Mind

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The subconscious mind (or otherwise known as the unconscious mind) is responsible for around 90% of what we think, feel, and do – so by focusing and channelling this power in a positive way, you can change the conditions of a lifetime. This is why we use hypnotherapy for change work because hypnosis allows us to communicate with the subconscious mind to help make the changes and goals the person is working towards.

The conscious mind seems to make all the decisions and direct all the activities – but this isn’t the case.  This is done by the subconscious mind. 

The subconscious mind is responsible for all our habits, our emotions, our creativity and managing the involuntary functions of the body such as our heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, controlling the body temperature, hunger and elimination of food from the body and activating the  fight and flight emergency response.

During normal waking hours the conscious mind is the primary and predominant part of the mind gathering information.  The conscious mind is judgmental, analytical, critical.  The incoming information is analysed as to belief, importance and truth.  It is accepted or rejected and then stored in the subconscious part of the mind.

Like driving a car for the first time, you learn to drive at a conscious level.  As you practice and analyse your experience the information gets stored at an subconscious level.  After a while you find that you drive automatically, doing manoeuvres without thinking about it, as the responses come from the subconscious mind.

When someone is under stress, anxiety the analytical portion of the conscious mind is directly affected and sometimes it cannot function effectively.  The greater the stress the greater the loss of efficiency.  Under extreme pressure the conscious mind can become almost non functioning. 

The subconscious mind also gathers information, however, the difference is that any information gathered it does so without first analysing it.  The subconscious mind cannot analyse.  It accepts or rejects in total.

When someone is stressed, highly anxious, and the conscious mind loses its efficiency it also begins to lower its dominancy, causing the subconscious mind to become more dominant.  At this point the the conscious mind is in the lower position and the subconscious mind becomes the primary information gathering faculty.  Now the person can no longer apply logic analyse or respond to the situation in their best interest. 

We've all be told if we ever get into trouble, don't panic.  The greater the emotional stress, the less logical we become.  It is during those situations of extreme emotional stress and anxiety that we take on board information, suggestions, learnings, which would otherwise have been actively rejected by the conscious part of the mind that then gives rise to future unwanted behavioural responses.
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E​ve Kelsey | Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist |  Hypnosis Hypnotherapy for Alcohol Reduction, Stop Smoking, Weight Loss, Stop Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Fears and Phobias, IVF, Public Speaking, Confidence |  Surrey Hypnosis Clinic | 01737 842 683 | Tadworth | Surrey | Bordering Sussex and Kent | Member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis | Member of the Complementary & Natural Healthcare​ Council | The Surrey Hypnosis Clinic is based on the boundaries of Surrey,  Sussex and Kent | Based in Tadworth, Surrey, the clinic is easily accessible from the GU, KT, SM postcodes and areas including:   Ashtead Banstead Bookham Burgh Heath Caterham Claygate Cobham Coulsdon Crawley Dorking Epsom Ewell Fetcham Guildford Kingston Leatherhead Merstham Redhill Reigate Sutton | All rights reserved​​​