No, I'm not a psychologist or a doctor, but I do ponder over the intricate workings of the mind. Did you know that from birth until the age of six, kids are in a super learning phase, soaking in information like sponges? This information gets hardwired into their subconscious, acting as an auto-pilot guide for their behavior later in life.
The subconscious mind works tirelessly in the background, absorbing and processing massive amounts of data. It influences our behaviors in ways we often don't realize, especially during intense situations or when we're distracted. Its impacts can be as subtle as choosing the wrong answer on a test, to more significant outcomes like unconscious reactions in relationships.
When we are engrossed in a conversation or a task, the auto-pilot steps in to keep everything else functioning. However, it's governed by the programming we received during our early years. Its reactions aren't necessarily reflective of our true feelings but based on the subconscious tapes we've recorded.
Ever found yourself inexplicably arguing with your partner, or reacting in a way you didn't intend? That's your auto-pilot at work. It might be responding to a perceived threat based on past experiences, leading to a fit of rage, jealousy, or misunderstanding.
An interesting interplay of the subconscious mind occurs when you imagine future scenarios or relive past experiences with someone. By inserting ourselves into another person's visions of the future or memories of the past, we can create a sense of shared history and emotional connection, even if the relationship is relatively new.
The key to overcoming the sometimes misleading guidance of the auto-pilot is conscious awareness. Being present in the moment can help you identify when your auto-pilot is in control and assess whether its responses are appropriate. Awareness also helps you protect yourself from manipulative tactics that may exploit your auto-pilot's vulnerabilities.