Subconscious: I know, but I don’t know that I know!

Subconscious: I know, but I don’t know that I know!

Subconscious: I know, but I don’t know that I know! has been edited by Rushi Bhimani.


Today we are going to talk about our mind; our mind when it is doing things while we are unaware. It is constantly storing and creating memories, both with and without our knowledge. Many a times we are heedless about the carnival inside.

Therefore, as unusual as it may be, with this article we are going to divulge the mysteries of our subconscious mind. Let us embrace this part of our mind which works even while we are dead asleep.

To start with, let us get a little technical. According to Oxford Dictionary: Subconscious is the part of the mind of which one is not fully aware but which influences one’s actions and feelings.

The word “subconscious” represents an anglicized version of the French word ‘subconscient’ coined by Dr Pierre Janet. He was a renowned psychologist who argued and brought awareness about the subconscious. He stated that underneath the layers of the conscious mind lay a powerful awareness called the subconscious mind.

I say, a brilliant paradox of awareness and oblivion.

While driving, on a conscious level I tend to think about my entire life, global issues, wavering grades, mom’s rant and my favourite food; whilst my subconscious mind helps me do the actual task i.e. drive. It is like an internalized process, taking the left turn and honking as a cow leisurely walks in the middle of the road. Somehow all of that done without my undivided attention, like I am on an autopilot mode.

I tend to dislike Honey Singh songs, yet somehow I find myself humming them. After giving it a lot of thought I realized that those peppy and not so good Honey and Mika Singh songs work due to the subconscious.

On a subconscious level everyone is true to themselves. You put your faith in yourself. There is no room for pretense. Usually my words are articulated in a manner that pleases people, my feelings are suppressed, my thoughts are orchestrated. I am not myself; I am not totally honest with myself. Although while I am asleep, I am vulnerable and all my thoughts are in their true element. I dream; the dreams that reflect my inner most thoughts. I talk in my sleep and say things I would not dare to while I am awake. If only I could rely on intuition and not rationality all the time.

If only I could dance to the tunes of my subconscious and sing the songs of instinct.

Until then, let’s live in the great Subconscious Paradox. Where I know, but I don’t know that I know!


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Rushi Joshi

I judge people based on what their favourite movie is.