Consciousness and Unconsciousness
Consciousness is one of the most basic concepts of psychology (as I understand psychology). No other psychological phenomena exist unless the person is conscious, at least to some degree.
The words consciousness and awareness are often used interchangeably, and I will use them this way also. Arousal and alertness are two other words often used as meaning the same thing as consciousness.
Short idea (49):
1) Psychological Suffering = Suffering.
2) Psychological Suffering + Unconsciousness = Suffering x 2 (or possibly x 3).
3) Psychological Suffering + Consciousness + Time + Quiet + X + ? = Peace + Calmness.
Short idea (70): There are unknown events going on inside and outside our bodies that, at this very moment, are shaping our futures.
Dear Reader who is a Pre-Batterers,
(This is not meant as a replacement for psychotherapy! but as a thought that might be helpful for certain people at certain times who are already working in therapy.)
Here are some assumptions about batterers — people who have tendencies to hit people or animals (or yell at them or insult them, and the like) but who haven't done it yet.
The Idea of The Unconscious
Freud thought there is an area of our minds that is unconscious. We all speak of Consciousness and Unconsciousness, but Freud spoke of an area that he called the Unconscious. The Unconscious is filled with ideas, thoughts, feelings, fears and anxieties, angry emotions, fantasies and so on that we don't know are going on inside us. If we want to experience our own unconscious material, we can stop and try to pay attention to what is going on inside us, but, according to Freud, it is usually not enough to make a conscious effort.
Short idea (201): We can injure ourselves while we are sleeping.