The subconscious mind is an astonishingly powerful information processor that can record perceptual experiences (programs) and forever play them back at the push of a button. Interestingly, many people only become aware of their subconscious mind’s push-button programs when their own “buttons are pushed” by the actions of others.
Actually, the entire image of pushing buttons is far too slow and linear to describe the awesome data processing capacity of the
subconscious mind. It has been estimated that the disproportionately larger brain mass providing the subconscious mind’s function has the ability to interpret and respond to over 40 million nerve impulses per second. (NØrretranders, 1998) In contrast, the diminutive self-conscious mind’s prefrontal cortex only processes about 40 nerve impulses per second. As an information processor, the subconscious mind is one million times more powerful than the self-conscious mind.
In contrast to its computational wizardry, the subconscious mind has only a marginal aptitude for creativity, best compared to that of a precocious five year old. While the self-conscious mind can express free will, the subconscious mind primarily expresses prerecorded stimulus-response “habits.” Once a behavior pattern is learned—such as walking, getting dressed or driving a car—those programs become automatic habits in the subconscious mind…meaning you can carry out
these complex functions without paying any attention to them.
What is happening then? Who’s running the show?
More information on the subconscious mind tomorrow 🙂
Reference: Norretranders, T., The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size, New York, Penguin Books. 1998.