The Unconscious Mind:
I’m sure you’ve heard “we only use 10% of our mind” from somewhere before. And although it’s true that we only use 10% of our conscious mind….it is false that we ONLY use 10% of our brain.
Truth is, we use 100% of our brain and 90% of our mental energy is completely UNCONSCIOUS.
The unconscious mind is responsible for all activity that you don’t need to think about.
Physiological Examples: breathing, circulating blood, digestion, heart beat, eye movement (any bodily function that keeps you alive or serves some other purpose…positive OR negative)
Learned Examples: tying your shoes, walking, driving, applying lotion, writing, typing etc (anything that you have LEARNED and mastered to the point of no longer needing to think about the activity.
Think of the conscious mind as a Quarterback and the unconscious mind as the offense. The conscious mind calls the plays and the unconscious mind does the work (and most importantly…SCORES TOUCHDOWNS) sorry not sorry for the football reference 😛 I ❤ Football.
This poses an interesting concept…if the unconscious mind is responsible for all mastered activity then once we master a skill or concept…then we can leave it up to our unconscious mind to take care of it for us. Said differently, we can do ANYTHING.
This concept of unconscious mastery is not new and is depicted in Abraham Maslow’s Stages of Learning:
Mastery is a 4 step process:
1. Unconscious incompetence The individual does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize the deficit. They may deny the usefulness of the skill. The individual must recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage. The length of time an individual spends in this stage depends on the strength of the stimulus to learn.
2. Conscious incompetence Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, as well as the value of a new skill in addressing the deficit. The making of mistakes can be integral to the learning process at this stage.
3. Conscious competence The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration. It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.
4. Unconscious competence The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become “second nature” and can be performed easily. As a result, the skill can be performed while executing another task. The individual may be able to teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned.
Since there is no limit to the number of skills that can be done on the unconscious level, we have to potential to be absolutely super human.
cool food for thought 🙂