Archive - March 2009

Magic of Mental Movies
Strangers To Ourselves – The Adaptive Unconscious

Magic of Mental Movies

Dr Neil Cox of Exeter County Chiropractic did a great talk on 19th March called ‘Think Well’ as part of a series on being more aware of the body, mind and nutrition for better health.

I was grateful to contribute a part about how our minds influence our states, focusing on the mental movies of our subconscious imagination. For those who attended and would like to know more, and anyone else, more information is on the Magic of Mental Movies page here!

Strangers To Ourselves – The Adaptive Unconscious

I am reading a good book at the moment called “Strangers to Ourselves” by Tim Wilson.

Personality theory has normally focused on how to measure ‘personality’, with predictability of behaviour being the only really output of any research results (and the results were never particularly strong in that respect because personalities are more dynamic than lab tests can seemingly account for).

strangers-to-ourselvesTim theorises on the idea of a conscious personality, and an adaptive unconscious personality, which can be quite different.

The research is staggering.

For example, a persons conscious ideas about his or her beliefs and prejudices can often be completely contradicted by their automatic actions or responses in a situation. It comes down to that difference between who we think we are, and who we really are.

Our automatic responses account for a majority of our behaviours, yet they are the bits we filter out as part of our big defensive campaign to reinforce our ‘self beliefs’.

Its all very interesting. The more I learn about the automaticity of the mind and the unconscious, the more it dovetails with my experiences of hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

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