What do you think about consciousness


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The power of the human subconscious

“Whether you think you can do it or you can't: you will definitely be right” (Henry Ford), “The happiness of your life depends on the nature of your thoughts” (Marc Aurel), “Das, what you think today, you will be tomorrow ”(Buddha),“ Never go to sleep without a request to the subconscious ”(Thomas Edison),“ My experience is what I have decided to direct my attention to ”(psychologist William James), "If you can dream it, you can do it" (Walt Disney), "The greatest decision of your life is that you can change your life by changing your mindset" (Albert Schweitzer), "Pay attention to your thoughts, because they become your words. Pay attention to your words because they become your deeds. Pay attention to your actions because they become your habit. Watch your habits, for they become your character. Pay attention to your character, because it becomes your destiny ”(From the Talmud) - there are countless quotes that express the indescribably great potential of ours Subconscious describe. But what exactly is the subconscious and how does it differ from awareness?

in the brain an adult human contains around 86 billion nerve cells, also called neurons. These are connected to each other with around 100 trillion synapses. This means that every single brain cell is connected to at least 1000 other brain cells. Even the best among us only consciously use 10% of their mental potential - around 90% of existing resources lie dormant unused or unconsciously. Of the roughly 2000 calories we burn each day, around 500 calories are used for our brain. Our brain makes up only about 2 percent of our body weight, but it still uses up to 25 percent of the energy that is consumed every day.

The cerebrum enables us to think, feel and act. This is where the frontal lobes (intellectual planning, will, critical thinking, etc.), the parietal lobes (orientation, mathematics, etc.), the temporal lobes (language, memory, etc.) and the occipital lobes (visual information) sit.

The brain is shaped by the type, purpose and intensity of individual use and is characterized by enormous complexity into old age, Neuroplasticity off, that is, through the permanent ability to link new connections and record new learning processes. There is a reciprocity of body, language, emotion and brain: just a change in facial expression or posture is enough to bring about clearly detectable changes in the anatomical nervous system - and vice versa.

The nerve cells "Mirror neurons“In our brain determine our feelings and social behavior. US researchers found that the mirror neurons make us feel what others feel, e.g. pity, sadness, joy or pain. They generate intuition that gives us an idea of ​​what might come.

Humans have two systems of perception, the subconscious and conscious.

The subconscious

Our subconscious can take in, process and store up to 80,000 pieces of information per second and is therefore 10,000 times faster (and smarter) than our conscious mind, on which we concentrate so much. About 99% of the subconscious not only controls the functions of our organism, but also the execution of our actions. Our subconscious functions habitually, it always reacts to the same life signals with the same behavioral pattern. "In order to keep our ancestors alive, Mother Nature developed a brain that routinely led her to make three mistakes: overestimating threats, underestimating opportunities and resources (for dealing with threats and recognizing opportunities)" said neuropsychologist Rick Hanson.

The destructive patterns that emerge in the course of our lives are internalized reactions that have become disconnected from the original result and thus become independent. Many of our behavioral patterns arise in the imprinting phase, which lasts roughly up to our 6th year of life. We can change this character in parts, but rarely fundamentally. The childhood self shapes our whole life. At the age of about 6 years the so-called critical factorthat separates the conscious from the unconscious. With each new sensory perception, this checks whether a suitable program is already available. If so, this will be applied automatically. If not, the critical factor checks whether this new information can be ignored or has to be re-included. In mental training we gain access to our subconscious by temporarily limiting, distracting or switching off the critical factor. The repressed can come to the surface, information can get directly into the subconscious, anchored and implemented.

RAS reticular activation system

In the unconscious part of our brain there is a kind of focus muscle of our brain, the reticular activation system ("RAS") is called. The RAS is constantly busy gathering data, facts, and information that is important to your primary goal.

Once you have impressed on your brain a goal that you really and passionately want, the RAS goes looking for all possibilities and opportunities to make it come true. RAS is built like a muscle through training and repetition.

We think an average of 60,000 - 80,000 thoughts a day. We process around 11 million bits per second, 99.9% of which are unconscious, which means that only 0.1% are aware of them. According to a study by the American Science Institute, of the average 65,000 thoughts per day, about 80% are exactly the same thoughts that we had the day before. It is therefore an illusion of our perception that we believe that we are making individual, new and unbiased decisions based on the situation. However, that is not true. We fall back on the inner hard drive of our patterns.

Because decisions take a lot of time and energy, we subconsciously try to simplify thought processes. Patterns emerge that can do without rational thinking. Often our brains deceive us. This phenomenon is called cognitive bias. These can lead to us drawing wrong conclusions and thus systematically deceiving ourselves.

Cognitive bias

A distinction is made between five central elements of cognitive bias:
1. Follower effect - we often unconsciously take exactly the opinion that is most often taken without questioning it.
2. Confirmation failure - we often interpret new information in such a way that it corresponds to our own expectations.
3. Self-serving bias - Personal successes are more likely to be attributed to one's own abilities, failures are more likely to be attributed to external circumstances.
4. Gender bias - We tend to think in terms of role stereotypes and attribute activities to gender specifics.
5. Halo effect - we tend to infer known characteristics of a person also to the characteristics of the person about which we have no information at all.

Much of what happens to us in life is an expression of what we ourselves create with our thinking. How far our own thoughts determine our experience, show e.g. Placebos. Because of the way we think, the placebos have a real positive effect on our health. In a scientifically based documentation "The mind determines the body", the renowned Discovery Channel showed the mental effect and thus an increase in well-being or healing through placebos. Or vice versa: With the help of so-called neurotransmitters, our brain is able to cause real physical complaints within seconds - e.g. in the event of a fear reaction - even though the affected organs are completely healthy.

Anyone who tries to achieve success with the famous "positive thinking" alone is all too often disappointed: Because under the blanket of "positive thinking" our fears, doubts and blockages continue to seep. The “positive” suggestions of our mind (eg “you are successful”; “everything that happens is good”, “you will get rich” etc.) do not overcome the doubts (“I can't do it”, “I'm not worth ”,“ I'll soon get sick from the great stress ”), but lead to an inner division.

Learn new behavior

Despite the evolution of humans, we still carry evolutionary genetic material from the Stone Age. The best known of these is our innate, subconscious reflex behavior in dangerous situations. In these ours reacts Limbic system unconsciously and directly with the archaic emergency program attack, flight or rigidity (fight-or-flight response). "We all have a 2-million-year-old brain. Your brain is designed to make you survive. Your brain is not designed to make you happy, that is your job! ”- Tony Robbins. Only a new conditioning and strong emotions can permanently change these automatic reactions. Mental coaching creates new access to unused potential, focuses subconscious programs on our goals and brings willingness, ability, beliefs and our inner dialogue in line with the goals to be achieved.

We can learn to change our focus, to visualize clear goals and to give our subconscious new targeted information accordingly and thus to change our behavior automatically. If we direct our attention to a clearly defined goal, our subconscious navigates us to the goal - just as we often unconsciously reach our goal when driving a car.

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