Myth 4. The unconscious may influence the actions

This is the belief that the unconscious is a powerful force that directs thoughts and influences behavior, sometimes acting imperceptibly and against the conscious intention and will. Thus, there is a possibility that unconscious impulses can overpower a person’s aspirations and force them to do something impulsive, cruel or mean-even if they don’t want to.

Fact: analyzing the meaning of Freudian reservations and automatic associations, including dream content, are popular ways to try to understand the complex mechanics of the unconscious. However, the sudden thought of throwing your child to the ground definitely does not reveal any unconscious motives related to the desire to harm him. And the sudden thought that you might jump off a balcony, just because the railing on it is too low, does not reveal unconscious suicidal tendencies.

A restless voice: I take the train to work every day, and every time I get the idea that I might push someone onto the tracks. What do these terrible thoughts say about me as a person? Perhaps my unconscious will force me to do this.

Voice of false calm: Tell yourself that you will never do anything cruel. Don’t let these thoughts get the better of you. Take a break and think about something else. Find peace in prayer.

A restless voice: I try, but these thoughts keep coming up.

Here Homologeo tranquility persists in trying to convince Restless voice and offers different ways of dealing with disturbing thoughts. Although using these methods may bring temporary relief, they will not help to get rid of this condition for a long time. Unfortunately, both of them believe in the myth that such thoughts are significant manifestations of the unconscious that require an appropriate response.

Another version of this myth is the belief that doubtful thoughts are messages, signs, or warnings from a wiser and more discerning unconscious. Some of you probably had agonizing doubts when choosing a solution, followed by the certainty that you were wrong, and this meant that there was a certain important issue that needed your attention. This myth assumes that the thoughts that make you doubt are messages from your unconscious that repeat themselves as it tries to make you reconsider what you have already done or are just about to do.

Do not think that frightening thoughts arise from unconscious aspirations or serve as warnings to listen to. There is an old saying that goes like this: “What you fear, you want.” It means that the fear of committing some terrible act is caused by the desire to commit it. There is no evidence behind this myth. It only supports fear in people who suffer from obsessive thoughts.

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