Why The Unconscious Mind Matters?
I strongly believe that our understanding of the unconscious is hugely important and central to the nature of our lives. I will share with you why this is so.
First of all, let’s attend to the question: why does this mysterious part of our minds that we call the unconscious matter? Personally, from a very young age, I have been fascinated by the world of the invisible and unspeakable.
I intuitively knew that life is so much more than what meets the eye; and I was keen to understand more about the unconscious, my own unconscious mind, and that of others. The world around me that I could see with my eyes – didn’t fully make sense to me. In fact, I was mystified and confused by it when I was younger. This is how I became interested in the world of the unseen.
My early interest turned into my ‘calling’ and my professional journey. I became a psychologist and group analyst to explore, study and help make sense of the unconscious, which is such a big part of our minds and lives.
As you maybe aware, it was Sigmund Freud – the Austrian psychoanalyst – who drew attention to the importance of the unconscious mind and how it affects our everyday lives to a much greater degree than we are aware of.
This is because the unconscious mind is not accessible to us – it is out of our awareness, yet it significantly colours our thinking, our emotional responses, our beliefs, our decisions, our relationship choices, and our behaviours. And with all of that, our day to day lives.
And you may ask how? Very simply put, our childhood wounds, long-forgotten and maybe unprocessed memories, thinking patterns, emotional responses, belief systems that we absorbed and internalised in our childhood years inhabit and live in our unconscious minds.
Maybe not surprisingly then, the content of our unconscious mind is strongly linked to our emotional and psychological struggles, such as depression, anxiety, compulsive thinking patterns and behaviours. In fact, all psychological difficulties have a strong unconscious component.
Therefore, it can be so very hard to change aspects of ourselves – even if they don’t serve us any longer, even if we want to change them, and even if they undermine our sense of wellbeing and health, our relationships, our creativity and productivity, and with that the quality of our lives.
So yes, in short, many psychological difficulties resist our simple desire for change – why? Because our unconscious mind is involved. This could be in the form of unprocessed memories and associated belief systems that are stored at a level below our conscious awareness.
The ovreall message today is, that it can be truly liberating to learn about, connect, and work with our unconscious minds. You mights ask: How?
By cultivating skills such as introspection, self-reflection, self-awareness, which we can develop and unfold throughout our lives.
I would like to conclude with a quote by Louisa May Alcott which goes,
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship”.
I love this quote because it encourages us to navigate life’s challenges, disappointments, and difficulties with increasing self-awareness and ever-growing consciousness.
In this way, we become the captain of our own ship, weathering the storms of life.
If you need support with navigating life’s challenges, disappointments, and difficulties, please get in touch and book your FREE, 20-minute consultation. This will give us a chance to talk about your struggles, what you want to change and how we can best work together. I am looking forward to connecting with you.