Beyond the Conscious Mind: Unlocking the Secrets of the Self

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Springer, Nov 11, 2013 - Philosophy - 308 pages
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One of the most important, yet problematic of these modules is the one that rules our conscious thoughts - the self module. Planning, introspection, and interpreting behavior are among its chief specialties. However, just as a press secretary invents plausible explanations for a President's decision - without being privy to the real reasons - our self module often fabricates an explanation for our behavior when, in fact, it actually doesn't know our true motives. Since we accept its stories as true, it gives us a false sense of conscious control over all our actions and a distorted sense of reality. This distortion leads to many of the conflicts and misunderstandings that plague our relationships and work lives. Beyond the Conscious Mind helps each of us tap into and harness the natural creativity and talents of our whole mind. It is only by balancing our conscious mind with the wellspring of ideas in our unconscious that we can reach our full potential.
 

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Contents

Getting to Know Your Self
30
The Self Module as Press Secretary
36
Other Fabrications
44
Time and Consciousness 51
52
Memory Illusions 65
66
Other Concepts of Self
85
False Beliefs 111
110
Hypnosis and Other
138
The Infant Brain 177
176
Nonverbal Thinking 199
200
LoveMerging
227
The Empty Self 245
248
The Cognitive Revolution 255
256
Notes
273
Selected Bibliography
291
Index
305

Psychotherapy
152

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