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21October

2016

Mindset: A matter of Conscious, Subconscious or Unconscious Mind?

Sigmund Freud, the famous Austrian psychologist, was probably the first to popularize the concept of human being having three levels of mind in cognitive psychology into mainstream society as we know it today. According to him, the three different levels of our psyche could be separated into the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind. They work together to create reality as how we perceive it; shaping our thought processes, responses, to reactions.

Broadly speaking, the conscious mind communicates to the outside world and the inner self through speech, pictures, writing, physical movement and thoughts while our subconscious mind, on the other hand, is in charge of our recent memories and is in continuous contact with the unconscious mind.

This unconscious mind is the storehouse of all memories and past experiences and it is from these memories and experiences that our beliefs, habits and behaviors are formed.

A simple representation of these three ties can be seen here.

The human mind fascinates me and this may stem from the fact that I was trained as a doctor. And while it is great that we are aware of these three levels of mind but more importantly, where does our mindset sit in this model?

It was perhaps the Chinese philosopher and writer Lao Tzu who wrote first about the mindset more than 2 500 years ago with these words:

Our mindset impacts the conscious, subconscious and the unconscious as well. It affects the way we think, our opinions and the beliefs we form. Hence, to have dominion over our life requires us to be intentional about protecting our mindset. If we are determined to be better, our new empowered mindset will start producing more driven thoughts, in turn generating positive words with affirmative action and congruent habits that will sharpen our character and propel our destiny forward!

Edited by Ms. Sakeena Tan

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