WHAT ARE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONSCIOUSNESS AND BEHAVIOUR-UNCONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSCIOUS?
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CONSCIOUSNESS AND BEHAVIOUR
There has been much debate as to whether consciousness causes
behaviour; or whether behaviour causes consciousness. Mentalists and
phenomenologists claim that consciousness causes behaviour (i.e. We do what we
think or feel we should do). There isn’t always a consistency though between
our conscious experience and our behaviour.
Often, we do things which we didn’t mean to do. Indeed,
sometimes our behaviour determines our conscious experience (i.e. we are sad
because we cry, or we are afraid because we tremble). We can safely say
nevertheless, that the relationship between consciousness and behaviour is one
of mutual influence or mutual interaction.
UNCONSCIOUS AND SUBCONSCIOUS
It is clear from the discussion so far that there are
variants or degrees of consciousness that we experience throughout the day. Yet
we are not fully conscious of much of our behaviour. Remember the last time
someone asked, “What are…
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