The subconscious is the part of the brain that deals with our ‘autopilot’ functions of the body. It’s a powerhouse compared to the conscious mind.
As the name suggests, the subconscious is a place we’re not aware of – making it difficult to pinpoint the beliefs that underpin our outward behaviours and thoughts.
When we see a therapist or counsellor, often we’re using our conscious mind in the hope of gaining an understanding that will facilitate change.
Here’s the problem.
Our deeply held beliefs emanate from our subconscious. No matter how much we tell ourselves there’s nothing to fear about dogs, encountering one will trigger our fear, because we were bitten as a child. The subconscious mind will overpower our rational thinking, until we heal from the emotional scar left by the trauma of the attack.