10 Aug Understanding minds through science tuition
It is quite ironic that all human beings possess minds, but very few have a full understanding of how they operate. The mind is that part of the human being that comprises of thought and thinking faculties such as memory, consciousness, imaginations, as well as feelings. The mind is the governor of all human actions, thoughts, and feelings. Knowledge of our minds ca be obtained through different scientific methods of mind study such as neuroscience, cognitive sciences, psychology, and psychiatry.
The mind is a powerful and potent instrument and some people believe it is the only variable that makes humans different from animals. It comprises of the conscious and the subconscious mind which controls our thoughts, emotion, making it a vital aspect of human existence and well-being.
The Conscious Mind
The conscious mind is the most important determinant of human action and behaviour. According to the famous Psycho-analyst, Sigmund Freud, it consists of everything within our awareness and everything that we can experience and even manipulate. This conscious mind is responsible for our reactions and mannerisms to life events each day. The conscious mind is the one responsible for the intake of stimuli and the conscious decisions we take in response to this. It is the role of the conscious mind to recognise pain when we touch a hot surface and it is also responsible for recognising the hot surface and stopping us from making that decision again. It is this ability to recognise, think and decide that makes up the conscious or sentient mind.
The Subconscious Mind
Different, but equally important as the conscious mind, is the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind is that part of the human mind where people have little or no control over. It is the storage area in which everything we grasp or take in is stored. This includes beliefs, memories, skills, and even fears. The subconscious mind stores everything we witness and sorts it and provides it to the conscious on demand. It is also in control of many of our involuntary actions such as heartbeats and breathing. It also decides what action to take concerning new stimuli. If a person feels afraid of, for instance, water drowning, it is because either your subconscious mind does not recognise water and its experience or it has stored memory of drowning and it signals fear to the conscious mind. The subconscious mind is also responsible for dreams since it functions even when we are “asleep”.
The Rational Mind
The rational mind is the part of our mind that uses reasoning. It is the mind that constructs and appreciates logic. The purpose of our logical mind is to make decisions based on a sensible acknowledgement of all stimuli, ideas and opinions in the outside world. The logical mind is the decision-maker of the brain. For example, when the conscious mind identifies a person holding a sharp blade (through the eyes), and then the subconscious mind recognises and determines the person as a threat by recognition of their expression or speed, the rational mind decides the responsive action to take; either run or fight. The rational mind appreciates fact as it is and works accordingly. It commands the curiosity of humans to understand. It avoids emotion or intuition and commands the objective mind. The thirst for knowledge and understanding and the use of such despite other forces is, therefore, typical of the rational mind
The Emotional Mind
The emotional mind is that part of the brain that governs our emotions and feelings. The emotional mind is the most delicate part of the human brain and lack of due care and understanding of it can lead to problems such as depression and stress among others. Feelings of happiness, sexual drive, sadness, anger, and anxiety are all subject to the emotional mind. Unlike the rational mind which requires a bit of process of stimuli, the emotional mind is responsible for mental impulses and can have more control over the body than any other part of the brain.
The emotional mind is commonly known as the heart and acts without much regard for the past and future, focusing solely on the present. As such, it can be very disruptive and many scientific disciplines covered by science tuition are hard at work to better understand how best to clinically ‘tame’ it.
Science tuition plays a critical role in fostering better understanding of our minds. Such understanding is critical since it is believed to be the key that unlocks the full human mind’s potential. Better understanding of the mind will also reduce the social ills in our societies that stem from mind issues beyond our full understanding or control hence improving the quality of our society.
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