BEFRIENDING YOUR OTHER SELF—PLUMBING YOUR DEPTHS AND AMPLIFYING SELF

by Diane Brandon

Page 1 of 6

                 We find many things on our path of unfolding – including the unfamiliar part of ourselves, which goes by diverse names:  the shadow self, the unconscious, unseen motivators, drives, etc. – that deep inner part of us that we may only get intermittent glimpses of.  Some of us seek it out, while others may never want to have anything to do with it.  And there’s the great irony:  try as we might to avoid going near it, it can drive and affect our waking mind and life constantly.

             Okay, let’s call it our unconscious, the repository of our hopes, fears, drives, memories, experiences, likes and dislikes alike.  Now here’s the interesting part:  as much as we may feel that we know ourselves and as much as we may feel that we have a solid identity, the reality is that who we think we our – our conscious mind, identity, and awareness – is but a sliver of our true self.  In fact, our conscious awareness is the merest tip of the iceberg.  Our unconscious is the huge body of that iceberg lying submerged and unseen underneath the surface of the water.

             As a matter of fact, our unconscious is so huge and affects our consciousness and lives so much that one psychologist, Dr. Timothy D. Wilson, has written a book about it entitled Strangers to Ourselves.  In it, Dr. Wilson wrote that, “Most of the mental processes studied by cognitive and social psychologists turned out to occur out of view of the people who had them.”  These mental processes “are inaccessible to consciousness but…influence judgments, feelings, or behavior.”

                                                                                           (Continued)

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

Next Page

Tell a Friend about This Site!

Click Below

Sign Up for  My Newsletter

Web Form Creator

Find Me on Facebook & Twitter!

Text Box: BOOKS & CDS BY DIANE

PRIVATE LESSONS

with Diane Brandon

 

Click Here