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Hello, my name is Brett and I am a Senior at the Colorado School of Mines graduating in May 2011 as an Electrical Engineer. I am originally from New Jersey and have very interesting dreams.

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  1. If you wish to understand the mind and dreams, you may want to drop the term ‘Subconscious’ and change it to ‘Unconscious’. Psychology has been trying to get rid of this word for a century now, as it’s “inaccurate and misleading” to quote Freud. While the term Subconscious doesn’t actually have any real proposed structures (not within the Psychological community at least), the term tends to evoke structures in people’s heads that are almost in opposition to the Unconscious.

    Topographically, people tend to think of psyche made of mostly consciousness with a smaller bit of sub/un-conscious tacked on underneath, when really it’s the reverse. Consciousness is like the tip of an iceberg (to use the classical analogy), with the Unconscious being an unfathomably massive structure underneath. With ‘Subconscious’, people also think that the unconscious is an extension of consciousness, when in reality it’s more the other way around: the conscious ego is gradually pieced together and grows from the Unconscious. Thus, as such a relatively small part of the psyche, the conscious ego is capable of being overwhelmed and dissolved by the Unconscious, but the Unconscious cannot be dissolved by the conscious mind.

    To use an astronomical analogy, Subconscious is like the old Ptolemaic idea that the solar system revolves around the earth, with the earth at the centre. The Unconscious is like the Copernicus concept that the small earth is really revolving around the sound, and not the centre of everything.

    This may seem like pedantry, but in psychology we need people to understand themselves, and they cannot with the connotations of subconscious still active in their minds. Wikipedia’s entry on ‘Subconscious’ is actually pretty good, and if you’re genuinely interested in dreams, psychonautics, and studying the Unconscious, I recommend Carl Jung’s, ‘Man and his Symbols’.

    John, ECU Psychology


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