We’re constantly being conditioned from the minute we’re born. The conditioning takes the form through the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind can be defined as part of the mind that gives rise to a collection of thoughts, which lay beneath the surface of our conscious, which we have no access to unless we know how to unlock those thoughts.
According, to Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personalities, the unconscious mind is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts and memories that lie beyond our conscious awareness. The contents of those memories influence everyday behaviour, although we are not consciously aware of what those underlying influences are.
Many of those unconscious thoughts include experiences, unconscious issues, unconscious feelings, complexes, unnoticed perceptions, unconscious habits and complexes, anything that make up our behaviour. Everything we’re not consciously aware of in our everyday lives, but continue to influence every day behaviour.
Unfortunately, without us trying to go beyond our conscious thoughts to unlock those unconscious thoughts, we will fail to change anything fundamental in our lives. We will fail to work through difficult circumstances; we will fail to address issues that continue to crop up.
Any help we get through counselling will also fail, which explains why many people fall back into old habits and patterns. It’s at that moment when people finally recognise a problem, reach a cross-road; a turning point in their lives that lead to a complete change in their cognitive skills, which completely change all their understandings.