It is so important to know the consciousness in mental health and the relationship between the consciousness and behaviour.

Because I appreciate the time of the readers, I will show what the consciousness in mental health in this article and I will complete the topic in another article soon.

Consciousness is the awareness of oneself in every aspect of one’s being.  There is some debate in psychology regarding consciousness.

*Some argue that our consciousness is inaccessible to scientific study and just an effect of the brain, so does not require further study.

*Others argue that even though we can’t study it scientifically, it still exists.  The latter group would resort to analogy to describe consciousness, perhaps likening it to a computer.

It can be argued that psychology lacks a useful theory about the relationship between consciousness and human behaviour.

The Status of Consciousness in Psychology

Can consciousness form part of the subject matter of psychology?

 Does its private nature not provide problems in this respect?

When the discipline of psychology was born, its central aim was to be the analysis of mental processes (which are a key part of consciousness); yet for practical and theoretical reasons, this approach fell into disuse.

One reason is that a large part of the process underlying behaviour is inaccessible to consciousness (i.e. We are not always conscious about what we do).

Another reason is that we cannot directly observe consciousness.

Since the 1960s though there has been a resurgence of interest in consciousness.

The Nature of Consciousness

What does consciousness consist of?

Psychologists have tried to discern whether consciousness represents a fixed portion of the human psyche, or whether it represents a continuum in which there are degrees of consciousness William James regarded consciousness as a continuous changing sequence, subject to a process of selection (focussing) and holism (integrating) -that is, he called it a stream of consciousness which we direct through choosing what to perceive, and defining relationships between various things which we perceive.

Consciousness has the particular quality of being intuitively obvious -we all have immediate knowledge of it -yet it is extremely difficult to define or describe. The word consciousness is often used as a collective term for a variety of mental and emotional processes. Some theorists describe consciousness in terms of sensory awareness. Others describe it in terms of an information processing system. In short, when we ask questions about perception, awareness, learning and memory; about interpreting the environment; or about problem solving or value systems, we are asking questions about consciousness.