The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

“We think, each of us, that we’re much more rational than we are. And we think that we make our decisions because we have good reasons to make them. Even when it’s the other way around. We believe in the reasons, because we’ve already made the decision.”

~ Daniel Kahneman

In my case, I must confess that my subconscious mind is far more powerful than my conscious mind. I suppose that it is for most people except that I am willing to accept that most of my decision making is based on my intuition, ie, the subconscious mind enabling me to take the decision, rather than a carefully thought out and deliberated thought process doing it. I am too impatient to do the latter anyway!

That allowing of my intuition to operate freely has enabled me to come to this fairly comfortable stage of life without much damage. I therefore allow it to function even now.

If what I state seems bizarre, I recommend Daniel Kahneman’s wonderful book Fast And Slow. His findings resonate with me as my experience bears out what he observes – “people place too much confidence in human judgement.”

Intuitive thinking can be explained – something ‘feels right’ when it fits a mental rule of thumb (heuristic) or the way our mind is wired (cognitive biases). And that, I submit is the subconscious mind.

Kahneman’s book is a ‘must – read’ one to understand our thinking and decision making processes and learn something about happiness in the bargain as well.

Pravin had suggested this topic for the weekly LBC blog posts. You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin and Shackman.

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12 Responses to The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind

  1. Max Coutinho says:

    Hi Rummy,

    I also give freedom to my intuition. If my inner voice tells me something is not right, in spite of what everybody says, I go with my intuition. It never failed me.
    Of course, it takes a lot of discipline of mind to be able to go with one’s intuition because the conscious has a way of wanting to hamper things (through fear, doubt, insecurity) but a well trained mind (trained through meditation) is able to set obstacles aside and hear that wise inner voice.

    Great topic, my friend. I wish you a fab weekend.

    Cheers
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    • Kahneman’s research suggests that almost all of us take decisions based on our intuition and gives reasons for that too. We do not seem to suffer in anyway because of that.

      Thank you. I hope that you too have a great week end.

  2. nick says:

    I think my decisions are a mixture of intuitive and rational. Quite often I just do what my instinct tells me, but if it’s something complex, I have to think it through before responding. Always relying on instinct can be disastrous, as we can see in the States where Trump was voted in by people who “instinctively” thought he was the right person for the job.
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  3. I knew even when I was young that my subconscious mind was making the decisions. That’s why I built a good relationship with it early in my life.
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  4. shackman says:

    What does he say about how the subconscious gets it’s power ? How does your subconscious get the notions it uses to make your decisions for you?
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  5. tammy j says:

    i have studied creative visualization for years. all in lay terms of course. but it’s fascinating. and i’ve come to believe it’s our subconscious mind that literally ‘creates’ our lives in everything.
    from failure to success to health to dis-ease and healing that dis-ease!
    it’s such a fascinating subject.
    and i will always love that line… ‘you cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought.’
    tammy j recently posted..moving on old bean

  6. my intuition gets tested by other well-meaning people (WMP)..and example is happening right now, as I attempt to winterize my new pad.

    I know exactly what needs to happen with the short curtain rod in the bedroom – it needs to be replaced…but WMP all concerned about costs to me – suggesting all kinds of stupid ideas that just plainly will not work!

    As to other windows with no coverings which should be covered…their ideas on that are so unbelievable that I may as well shut up the house and move into the shed!!!

    And that only the window/winterizing – the food supplies bring even more attempts from WMP…I do have to eat, no point in starving!

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