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Conscious Mind - Subconscious-Unconscious Mind

 What is conscious mind and unconscious mind in psychology?

The conscious mind contains all of the thoughts, memories, feelings, and wishes of which we are aware at any given moment. ... The unconscious mind is a reservoir of feelings, thoughts, urges, and memories that are outside of our conscious awareness.

In the field of psychology, the subconscious refers to that part of consciousness that we are unaware of. It is information that we are not actively aware of in the moment, but that can influence us nonetheless, such as ​things that are heard, seen ​or remembered. The unconscious mind, on the other hand, is a term coined by Freud to refer to a part of the mind that cannot be known by the conscious mind, and includes socially unacceptable ideas, wishes and desires, traumatic memories and painful emotions that have been repressed.​


Subconscious mind

Unconscious mind

The subconscious is that part of consciousness that is not currently in focal awareness.

Refers to: Anything in the mind that cannot be consciously processed in that moment, but can be recalled

Accessible? Yes, if one steers one's attention to it and makes a deliberate effort to recall.

The unconscious mind consists of the processes in the mind that occur automatically and are not available to introspection, and include thought processes, memory, affect, and motivation.

Refers to: Repressed, primitive or instinctual thoughts that cannot be deliberately brought to surface​

Accessible? Not by one's own self. Possibly by the psychoanalyst based on a person's behavior, past experiences and other factors.


The information stored in the subconscious or the preconscious mind may not be on the surface, but is accessible. You can become aware of this information if your direct your attention towards it, like in a memory recall. For instance, you're in intense conversation with someone and a dog passes by casually, you will not notice the dog, but when asked to recall, you might be able to remember the dog's size, colour and path in the scope of your vision.

The unconscious mind stores the primal, instinctual thoughts which we cannot deliberately access. Our overt behaviour may give signs of the unconscious forces that drive them, but that is involuntary. The countless memories and experiences collected throughout childhood and as toddlers contribute to forming the person we are today. Yet, we cannot recall most of those memories, other than a few incidents of relatively larger significance. These are unconscious forces (beliefs, patterns, subjective reality) that drive our behaviour.


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History of Concepts

Freud used the term “subconscious” interchangeably with “unconscious” at first, but later rejected this idea. The term was coined by psychologist Pierre Janet.

The idea of the “unconscious mind” is closely associated with Freud and his psychoanalysis. The term was coined by 18th century German philosopher Friedrich Schelling and introduced to English by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. According to Freud, people’s repressed “unconscious” thoughts, memories and feelings were making them ill. They are revealed by slips of the tongue and in dreams.

Ivan Staroversky of StarOverSky talks about the conscious, subconscious and unconscious minds:

What is Consciousness?

Dr Joe Dispenza - Power Of Thought