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  • Writer's pictureEmma Ludlum

What is the Subconscious mind?

Updated: Nov 6, 2023


The subconscious mind is the part of our brain that is constantly running in the background that we may not be aware of. In psychology, we say that this mind is responsible for 80% of functioning and the conscious mind is responsible for 20% of functioning (reason, logic, judgment).


The subconscious has many functions, including things such as:

  • Autonomic body responses (blood circulating, breathing, etc.)

  • All emotions (we don’t decide we’re angry or stressed or happy; it just happens automatically)

  • Memory processing and storage (why are certain things remembered? Why are specific memories recalled with the events and emotions while others just include sequences of events?)

  • Imagination

  • All of our experiences

  • Thoughts

  • Language processing

  • Our belief systems

  • Dreaming

  • Habit formation

Essentially the subconscious is a super data processor and storage system. It takes in everything that we have ever experienced with all of our senses. If you look right now at this article you may just see the words on the screen. However, your subconscious vision, aka your peripheral vision in this case, is taking in the colors and details of anything that is in eyesight. Similarly, you may hear the noise of the cafe you’re in or no sound at all, but you’re breathing or maybe there is traffic outside. All of that information is stored in our subconscious and this can translate to minute facial expressions or emotions of ourselves and others.


Because there is a vast range of information in the subconscious, it allows an individual more awareness to tap into its power and information. Hypnotherapy is a great tool for accessing this internal wisdom and allows an individual to gain more control through a heightened awareness either of the present or of remembered events.



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