It’s often something we take for granted, yet without it we would very quickly die – indeed, without it we wouldn’t even be us!
But what do we know about it?
In this solo episode, we explore a very basic overview of some key aspects which form the basis of what we cover in future episodes and also which form the framework for any coaching or change work I do with my clients.
In this episode –
- How many minds do we have?
- What’s the difference between the conscious sand the unconscious?
- What does all this have to do with fears and phobias?
and a whole lot more!
Note – this is currently a highly automated transcription, so some of the text might not be wholly accurate – we are working on improving this over time!
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Hello, Welcome. Once again, welcome to another episode. This one again it’s you and me. And today we’re talking about the mind. We’re gonna talk about a bit about the mind anyway, I’m talking about the two main components of a mind, the conscious and the unconscious. And we’re talking about the difference between them, what the functions are. The reason we’re doing this is because by having understand grief understanding of the difference between these two components of the mind, we get to can understand a bit more about how we got to be the way they are, So it’s less dive, right? I remember that The thing to remember with all of this is ultimately this is all just metaphor way haven’t got to physically distinct chunks of the mind. This’s metaphor is a good wafers that kind of understand the processing. This going on inside the brain on just to throw a spanner in the works toward the end will also look at the third department as well. You got to top it all manner of parts, but that’s a little bit of cat anyway, The two main ones and kind of a colonel. So their two main parts that of the mind that we’re gonna be looking at the conscious on the unconscious. You hold this challenge any time some people refer to the conscious and subconscious, they won’t be the only kind of the same sort of thing. Let’s let’s take this start with the conscious mind. Is that the conscious mind? What is the cultures mind? Well, the conscious mind is the big that it’s it’s your awareness. Your awareness is part of your conscious mind. It’s a bit you just a thinking off. It’s kind of the bit that you wear when you sort of think that you’re thinking about things and experiencing things, and when you have an awareness of what is going on around you, that’s a ll your conscious. Your conscious mind is where this is. This is all taking place on the conscious mind is, in evolutionary terms the most recent part off the bind that developed the most recent part of the brain part. No s. Some say it is kind of what sets us apart from many other members of the talking, There is speculation that there are animals which do possess a conscience. Might. Perhaps perhaps his advances has perhaps even more advanced. In some ways, who knows? But generally the conscious mind is too big to think it’s a bit it’ll wear off, I think, with the conscious mind. It’s very much domain, off logic reason of thinking things through and like analytical for all these things. And that’s not to say that you can’t have emotion for as well, obviously you do. But the conscious tends to be where the logical side of things comes into play. It’s a bit that it takes time to process these. There’s a good view now. Can the conscious and the unconscious both work both aspect of various? But this this is kind of just give us gives us a growth. So the conscious mind is the bit that way. Consciously aware of its where awareness is, it’s where we’re not quickly processing by analysing their where we think things through, dig a methodical approach to now. The thing with the conscious mind is it can only work with what we are conscious gives. That’s all the information that we get through. All of our sensors were bombarded by two million bits of information per second through all of the senses. But with every sense is if you’re if you say five sorry houses, you’re wrong. The answer is, well, it varies. But at least ten years is is generally reckoned to be the answer. Probably more than ten. You got sight Sound, touch, taste now your sense of balance You some people can sense electricity. Electromagnetism. You got a sense of when you’re full and you need to visit the bathroom. That is a sense sense century organs, sensory receptors evolved. If you were to take your hand, probably buy a house somewhere behind your back. You would know exactly way behind your back It is even though you can’t see it. Poetry section a sense of Where are the best parts of my body are We can’t see them. You could close your eyes you know, when your hands in front of your face you can’t see it anywhere. Dy aggressing sign So all of the information comes in through on that sentence comes into our unconscious. A conscious is only aware of part of that on DH Consciously uncouple, we handle seven possible honest two chunks of information one time that was give or take. A hundred and thirty four bits of information you command against So we don’t The wino dealing with a second by second basis conscious. I’m just keeping an example. So the moment you’re your when you are, you’re listening to my voice, perhaps watching, watching video you can see here. But are you aware ofthe perhaps the feeding off officials that the chair beneath you? Well, now you are. You probably weren’t a few moments ago consciously you are. But are you aware of a that they perhaps a feeling of slight, But again, you’re now where things come into our culture snus and come into my consciousness. But our unconscious is constantly getting all of those beets and information when we get bombarded by too much. So if we can have sensory overload that caused all manner, minor issues, not something perhaps in another time it’s Have you ever noticed maybe a driving and you’ve got the radio on your favourite music playing and all is good. Then you come to their final bit where you’ve got to really focus on Where you going, where the folks on the directions. What do you do? You turn the music down so that you can concentrate. Why you doing that? Reducing century. Although you now need to concentrate a lot more on the information, you’re taking it visually. All the visual cues to where to turn on the sink. You need mohr of your processing power toe left, so you reduce the other central. Don’t you get rid of the music on the radio? Are you listening to Because you can only cut? The conscious mind can only handle seven plus a minus two chunks of information, so couple bits there will talk about the fields. Then we’ll talk about chunks of informations. So we got two million bits coming in one hundred thirty. We can only handle one hundred thirty four bits. That seven plus minus two jumps of inspiration. How does the rest of against what happens? We gotta be seeing these philtres in our mind. They call it jazz, but it’s a set of philtres basic. Which kind of philtres out is this stuff important? Is this important to what we’re focusing on? at the moment. If it is, could be a pursuit is not it will get passed through. And that has massive ramifications for so many things to do in life. In a few trips, we were gonna talk all that floor attraction That’s gonna be an interesting one. But that will come back to this set of philtres. Play a big party. Now, have you ever noticed perhaps you buy a new car or state, and all of a sudden loads of other examples of that exact make model and colour of suddenly driving around on the road isn’t that everybody’s gone and bought the same make model and colour of cars? You know, of course, all what has happened is that is now an important piece of information for you that make model and colour of cars important because, you know, identified your car. Which means that when you see something that matches that these philtres air gonna pass it through and bring it to your conscious awareness because it could be Walker. That’s why you suddenly stopped noticing. That’s kind of an example of the way in which is through has such massive ramifications for us this for example, and we’ll touch on the future episodes as well. For example, those constantly opportunities out there to make new friends, making a call, contacts to make money to get you job. Whatever it is, there’s always there’s an abundance of opportunities all around. But if you’re not really look out for them, you know, a senior. Which is why people who have a particular mindset around finance, for example, spot opportunities to do things related to finance many are many others don’t because they’re not kind of look out for on that again is a ll due to this set of philtres Also glued in these philtres are our beliefs. I mean, if if we believe we will never succeed, we’re not going to look for opportunities for success because we don’t believe the cancer. T Also, what’s gonna happen is we’re going to see evidence of failure as toe back up our assertion that we can never succeeded at anything, anything that we do, No matter how well we do it, we can all we could always do it. You can always find ways in which we could do it better. We can always see signs that it could be considered a failure in some ways. So whether you look for failure or whether you for suggesting you will find it again, it sold into that philtre existence. Oh, boys are going on there. So we got this filtering system tasteful. Some philtres it in tow to our conscious mind. Now the conscious mind can handle about seven chunks of information on any more. Any more chances than that, and some on the chance will disappear. It’s why, for example, suppose you try to remember a random string of numbers very, very hard around three noticing ten dollars or eleven numbers like a phone number. You just try to remember the round of digits. Secrets of Digits gets very hard. That’s eleven pieces of information to remember. I know we unconsciously only handle seven, plus a minister’s at five to nine chums. She’s like three different, which is why, when we remember phone numbers, we will break them up. For example, no one a double one into five five that’s broken into three chumps. That number rings about for some of you. I know Papa comment. If you recognised that this from, we really interested to see a drop of comment if you recognise her using to see how many people, how many of you pick up a lot. But when we broke it down into chunks, which makes it much easier to remember Andi, I spoke about driving. We’re coming along fine. Music’s playing away, having good time drive way. Then we get too close to our destination. We need to really concentrate. We need to be on the lookout for signs for the particular road that we want. We’re also perhaps in and now in a busy area. So there’s more closer traffic pedestrians around all sorts of obstacles. We really, really, really need to be focusing on that stuff. So rather than is a road we got roads, cars, parked cars is people people in the payment shops as a street that sign those now each become a chunk. Information that we got a hand, which is why we turn the stereo down because that’s occupying space, that we need to process this stuff. That’s what’s going on with that. The conscious mind chunks of information we can we could chunk off chunk down on. We’ll take a look in Chungking. Another episode if you’re interested in that and can be a really fascinating topic on this very good skills you can develop in terms of chunky, which which helped you. Moving from bigger picture, too small detail back again. And it could be great for the actual saw as well that come all comes from Trump. So again, public comment. If you like to learn a bit more about chunky, so clean that But for now we’re strong about that. The main components of Mike’s we got That’s the conscious mind, but we think with a bit of consciousness, where off? No way making sense of of what’s going on. We can only hold a few pieces, which is why when we suddenly we stopped talking about something else, all the bits we were thinking about now going out of my mind, we’re not focusing all that, that’s all. You may forget him as our conscious mind. Then we call under Underneath that we got the unconscious, which is being with us evolutionarily evolutionarily. Not even a word. Speaking first mark transplant like like much longer now that the unconscious, the main role of the unconscious, is to keep us alive. That’s its main blow the main role of the unconsciousness to keep us alive. The role of the conscious small first experience on DH, navigate our way through life and think great falls. So the unconscious as focused on keeping us alive give you someone piece. It handles everything that we do without thinking, breathing digested that. Keeping the heart pumping, Keeping all our holdings, doing what they do to keep us alive, all handled by the unconscious mind. We don’t think right breathing. Stop every that I keep folks. I mean, if you need to focus on your breathing, our stuff’s gonna disappear. That’s one of the good way. What’s one of the keys? Ways from meditating. It’s focusing on your breathing. That’s why they talk about contemplating your navel, focusing on your breathing, because when you focus all your attention on that, that’s occupied all the chunks, all the slots and cultures. Mind cool. No space for other thoughts. It’s Tio sneak away. That’s why focusing on your breathing is great from meditation. It’s also great if you’re having I’ve been a panic. So bring all your attention to your breathing, even if it’s just for a few moments. If you slow D breaths. Focus all your attention on the breathing, hearing the breath, feeling the breath on your nostrils. Feeling is, it goes inside folks in all your ways. Tension leaving It’s a great way to pushing out all the other stuff. Is occupying unconscious mind causing you that stress name was you Teo Com Band. That’s why I was cools. It must do this stuff looks right back to the oncologist, the unconscious to keep us alive. So I have a lot of breathing All of these things, it processes all the information comes in. So it takes all those two million bits of information a bomb body, all of our senses using the philtres it worked out is this stuff that we need to know about is the stuff that relevant to us is this stuff we need to find up to the conscious like, I really need to know that we’re ready to go to the bathroom. That bring is gonna flash out to the conscious because you need to make a decision and you need to do something. Is it something that could we need to be aware that we could bear in mind which perhaps shapes. Other information is coming in. So these are all things that unconscious is doing now. What does this got to do with fears, phobias and all? That sort of thing turns out quite a lot, because the unconscious process of the study of the unconscious is the domain off emotion conscious logic. Unconscious emotion on DH The unconscious is quicker than the conscious the unconscious mind much quicker than the conscious life, which means what it perceives. Something with it sees something which he perceives could be a threat. The unconscious kicks into action. The emotions ramp up when we start to get those feelings of fear or anxiety or whatever it is home. Before the conscious mind gets access to this information on gets to decide. You know what? This thing is not a problem for us. This this can’t hurt us because by the time that conscious gets it, the unconscious has already decided it’s a threat. There’s already keep things into action because that’s its job is to keep us up for the conscious won’t get it unless the UN cultures to scientists information unconsciously deeds. So the conscious the unconscious has already processed already decided it’s a thread flagged it up to the conscious mind. Say, Hey, we’re we’re at risk or if we’re being friends, we’re under attack by that thing. Let’s do something about it. That’s the point in which a conscious goes, Oh, wait is only a tiny little spine re kon Hamas is absolutely fine, but we’re already on. Regular battle stations were already find her flight, which is why you can’t rationalise yourself out of a phobia phobic attack when you’re in the midst of a phobia, when your fear panic is really settled. It That’s why it’s so hard to call consciously rationalise yourself monkey activity because by that time the unconscious is kicked. Everything to protect you, the emotion the emotions are running high. When emotions are high, your intelligence is lo Wei will experience that. Perhaps somebody said something has made is really angry. Is anything at least not. We say something which relate to regret. I should not have said that I didn’t mean to say it that way, but because our emotions were driving us rather calm, logical side of things, this much modern Sony. These topics we can explore it a lot more debt again. Papa comment. Let me know. If you want to explore any of these in much more detail, it will be fascinating. That’s that’s kind of a brief overview of where things are. We got the conscious mind. It’s a bit we’re aware off logical, lightest things work, stuff. We’re really unconscious, which is the domain of the motion, and that’s what we get. We’ll get what people call instinct or intuition is actually the unconscious, processing this stuff really quickly, giving us guides information in terms of emotion and feeling. So that’s where a lot of stuff is coming from. It’s coming from the unconscious because it’s got access to all of the information’s coming. It’s going because all the memories processes. It gives us our information. Which is why when we say we do something on instinct, I just got this this instant. This, this intuition that this was the answer is because I mind that’s probably not something that’s it’s fading from some ethereal other. It’s all in the mind. We have a lot of information. Our unconscious is processed. It come up with the answer. Anything I’m presenting that answer up to our conscious mind that’s right old albums from which is why I saw from going on at first, instincts can be the right thing to do because our unconscious has got access to all the information is process to go before we had a chance, really fears to kick him before he had a chance to logic ourselves how to. That’s why sometimes trusting your first first instincts can be very powerful, very powerful. Now I said I was just gonna throw, ah, third component of the mind it Griff just to the end of us where we are now. So that’s the really, really small core part reptilian. Do you break it? You call it that for way, way, way, way, way back in, even when we were million million years ago, that’s a really cool part that is Puri concerned with is just going to eat me or can I eat it? He’s just gonna try and make me is gonna kill me. It really is a literally life and death stuff along those lines. That bit is kind of coded Teo spot threats and to respond to threats. Basically, it’s coded. So when it sees something which is perceived as a threat tries on a massive alert unconscious, which processes the stuff. But it also the same time kicks in a lower directly all these gay. This explains things like fears and phobias because that really cool part spots something which matches a definition of threat. It kicks on a grand lineage, kicks everything the unconscious and starts processing. It accesses the memory core. Yet, actually, yes, it is a threat here. Some memories to remind us somehow threatening. This is we’re really into wrong flanks up to the conscious mind. Hey, we’re under attack here. Let’s let’s get out of this. The conscious mind at that point way later than the rest of it starts. Go. I know, you know. It’s all right. This isn’t a problem. We don’t have to deal with it. By which point correct. Ollie Barnes kicked all the adrenaline to us. So we’re now prepared to fight or or run, fight or flight. I can’t. Unconscious has kind of analyse it yet. Yep. This fits in with our memories that fits him without our feelings of danger. Paul conscious doesn’t separate chance of Of course, all of this can be changed. We can re programme the mic deepen the unconscious level, change those patterns, change the rules at their house. And that goes along the work that I did that song around changing us. Philtres changing the emotional responses Egypt, where we’ve changed the philtres When we change those patterns will change the things we believe about. We changed. Our response is massive. That’s it. That is pretty much it for this episode. There’s a lot of information that you might want to tell watch. A couple of times you still really that let it sink in is really just scratching. The surface is saying so much more with cover any of these things. Please. If any of this is of interest talking like drunken comment, let me know if their particular aspect that you’d like us to explore more death absolutely do that future represents. That would be Is it for this episode? I’ll be joy. Let me know where you got from it. Let me know your sort. The tyres changed things for you as always Whatever you access this, please subscribe. Please give us a like, comment, recommend us to your friends or family on there. I will catch you again in the next episode. I have a pretty fantastic guest lined up for the next episode, I have to say. So we’ll catch you there. And in the meantime, take care. Look after yourself. Remember, change is always possible and when you change your mind, you change your life.
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Keith Blakemore-Noble – Fear Strategist, coach, international speaker, multi-time best-selling author, hypnotist, occasional magician, and presenter of this show.
And someone who, for far too many years, was massively held back by a very strong social phobia – speaking with strangers, or even meeting strangers, was at best deeply uncomfortable, and at worst utterly terrifying for him. For far too many years.
So he did the logical thing – he pursued a 20 year career in IT with some success (becoming a Fellow of the BCS in the process).
Until one panic attack too many, which forced him to reconsider his life.
So he studied NLP and hypnosis, used those tools to conquer his own fears and phobias, and since 2010 he has helped others around the world to transform their deepest fears into their greatest strengths through his coaching, speaking, books, and trainings. Indeed, since 2010 he has helped over 5,000 people to transform their lives.
Having travelled the world for a while doing this, he has settled back in his native Scotland, where he is focusing on the next step in his journey of helping as many people as he can to conquer their fears. Which includes this Show!
Since 2010 Keith has helped over 5,000 people to transform their lives.
Now he brings the distillation of his experience into a weekly show designed to help you to transform your deepest fears into your greatest strengths.
Some episodes feature Keith running solo, discussing topics related to fear, phobia, mindset, and taking an interesting look into where it all comes from and what we can do about it.
In other episodes, Keith invites a special guest to join him and to discuss their experiences in overcoming their own fears, so that we can gain some insight into how we might do the same, or even to explore the more esoteric areas around fear – sometimes in some unexpected yet very interesting ways!
Presented in both audio and in video, across multiple platforms, so that the show can meet those who need it where they are.