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Why is there a subconscious mind? (My thoughts on Think and Grow Rich Chapter 4 - Subconscious)

June 11, 2022

If you haven’t yet, check out my review of “Think and Grow Rich” Chapter 4 (link here). Napoleon Hill talks about the subconscious mind and “Auto-Suggestion”. I go deeper into the topics through a Psychiatric lens.

Why is there a subconscious mind? Why is there a part of us that seems to be in control that prevents us from growing? Who designed us this way? They dumb…

I’d like to explain a thought I have that isn’t necessarily well thought out, well researched, backed up by a ton of literature, or has a shred of evidence that it is true.

Why share it?

I found that having this world view produces good results for my patients, clients, friends, and family. It helps me understand why people do what they do on a deeper level. It allows me to predict people’s behavior accurately. In short, it’s been very useful, even if subject to change.

I believe that God created all of us and I believe that our life’s pursuit is to discover what God made us to be. This discovery process is the key to a fulfilling and meaningful life.

Allow me to unpack this.

God created all of us. I can’t prove this with absolute certainty. And an atheist or two may have problems with this proposition. However, I’m not here to prove God’s existence. Rather, the belief that God created all of us allows me to follow through with the next part of the sentence.

Life’s pursuit is to discover what God made us to be. I’ve found that understanding yourself is a discovery process, not a construction process. People can build muscle, they can build knowledge, but they can’t build the sense of themselves from scratch. They cannot force themselves to be a personality they desire. Rather, it is far healthier to discover why they do the things they do. Most, if not all, are pleasantly surprised.

This discovery process is the key to a fulfilling and meaningful life. Once you’ve fully discovered who you are, answers to all questions become obvious. After this milestone, the only thing left to do is to refine your methods of loving others.

I don’t have proof that these statements are true. I just find that leading people through a discovery process (vs. a construction process) leads to better results. However, on the off chance that I’m right, it seems to suggest that the subconscious mind exists because our “selves” are not actually ours. We belong to God and he left an instruction manual in our subconscious.

Dr. Eric

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