What talking about the invisible, automatic and non-conscious parts of the mind, many folks call it ‘the subconscious’.
It’s a beautiful word, but I don’t use it for a few reasons.
One is that pesky prefix. ‘Sub’ sometimes means something inferior – substandard or subpar, for example.
That’s not what it means here – it’s closer to ‘sub-basement’ in meaning – but still, language is funny like that.
Another is there are fun hypnotic language tricks you can use when you talk about ‘your unconscious mind’. I won’t go into them here.
The biggest reason, though?
Freud loved to use that term.
And for him, the subconscious mind was a dark, vicious, primitive place, full of violent hungers, suppressed urges and your greatest evils.
To him, the subconscious was the enemy of happiness, sanity and civilisation.
I’m not going to say these don’t exist in your unconscious mind.
But they’re not the only thing – or even the main thing – rattling around in there. There’s also tremendous wisdom inside you.
In a time where much of psychology praised Freud, Carl Jung took a different interpretation. He said your unconscious doesn’t have to be your enemy – in fact, it’s probably your greatest ally.
Think of all the times your instincts steered you from danger – like leaping out of the way of a speeding car, or avoiding someone who felt ‘off’ in some way.
And all those times a friend was hurting and you knew just what to say.
Remember all the times you struggled with an emotional obstacle… only for you to resolve it.
Every epiphany, innovation and creative spark comes from your unconscious.
And, sure, sometimes dark urges or horrifying thoughts bubble up into your awareness. Carl Jung had those worse than most – he’d hallucinate demons crawling out of the earth to terrorise him.
But he chose to not fear or hate them. He never let them leave without sharing some wisdom.
I prefer Jung’s interpretation. Battling your inner mind all the time sounds exhausting. Denying its power sounds impoverishing.
As a hypnotist, if I had to choose between Freud’s subconscious and Jung’s unconscious, I’m Team Jung all the way. That’s the hypnotist’s role, after all – working with your unconscious to resolve your issues.
I want you to feel your inner power rise.
It sure beats years of talk therapy in a futile and pointless question to ‘understand!’ the problem.
Insight is nice, but you don’t need it to overcome your challenges.
You can experience my non-insightful hypnotic approaches right here: