Theory of the Mind
There are four areas of the mind. They are:
Conscious Mind: Remembers and retains feelings and events for only one and a half hours.
Critical Mind: Partially subconscious and partly conscious. Remembers and retains feelings and events for about a day. When negative suggestions come into the Critical Mind, the individual will reject them.
Modern Memory: Subconscious. Remembers and retains from conception to present day.
Primitive: Subconscious. Remembers and retains all information including genetics, evolution and conditioning. Arises only when threatened or triggered and is something like a reflex.
The input of a usual day goes into the conscious mind initially and then goes into the critical area conscious part. This is where they remain. The critical area decodes and frees information to modern memory during sleep primarily. If too much information is in the critical area at once, the mind will put the body into a sleep state. This is why depressed people are always sleeping.
Once a person is asleep, bits of information are put into the subconscious. They are analyzed here and some are passed into modern memory. Others exit through a dream state.
What accounts for all the behavioral problems that people have? The brain is not prepared for so much input. Today’s life provides too much input in the form of TV, radio and other media. When people have too much stimuli they get anxious. The average person has about sixteen hours of waking time for the conscious mind to make sense of information and put it into the modern memory area. The power and strength of any idea is dependent upon the speed and frequency with which it is received in the modern memory part of the brain. This creates a situation wherein it takes a long time for a new suggestion to take root normally.
What is good about subliminal information that hypnosis does not offer at all, is that it immediately goes to the modern area, bypassing the conscious and critical area. This speeds up results tremendously for any self help type of program.
Hypnosis and subliminal recordings will work on your mind- bypassing the conscious mind and targeting your subconscious. There are two major differences. In order for the hypnosis to take effect, the hypnotherapist brings the subject to a trancelike state- your conscious mind is asleep and your subconscious is awake. This can be done in a quiet environment. Subliminal is easy- the subject doesn’t need to pay attention- they are not brought to a sleep (trance) state- and the affirmations are directed to the subconscious mind while fully awake, bypassing the conscious mind without the need for manipulation.
Maybe it has happened to you too; at times while driving a familiar route, you are daydreaming- in reality your conscious mind is asleep- you do not pay attention to anything around you and your muscle memory does the job- driving you safely to your destination. That is your subconscious mind, the one that never sleeps.
Adapted from Professional Hypnotism (2001) by Dr. John Kappas