The Theory of Mind

This is a theoretical model of the mind and how the mind functions. We are indebted to John Kappas, a great contributor to the field of hypnosis, for this model.

Now, suspend your belief, or your dis-belief.

Imagine this circle as your mind:

We come into this world with a clean slate, meaning without any outside programing.

We are born with only two fears:

– The fear of loud noise and the fear of falling.

All other fears are learned.

A part of the mind is already pre-wired and functioning. It is called the primitive mind.


In this part of the mind there are only a couple of responses, fight  and flight.

When we feel threatened we either fight the threat or flee from it.

We begin to associate and learn about the world around us through our experiences. We have some positive, negative, and neutral experiences that for each one of us are going to shape our perception and interaction with the world around us.

For example if you had good experiences with a dog growing up, then you would form a positive association.  If a dog came towards you, you would play with it.

If a dog bit you, you would form a negative association.  If it came toward you, you would  activate the fight and flight response because of a perceived threat. We identify a situation,  we create an association and a response.  These experiences overtime  become knowns.  These knowns become unconscious in us.

The primitive mind , these knowns, these associations the automatic responses, autonomic responses that happen in the body  and  mind  account for what we call the subconscious mind.  We estimate that to be 88% of the mind’s  capacity.  It is the part of the mind that is creative, and communicate  through dreams, synchronicities  and inspiration. All memories, habits, behavioural patterns and programmings are stored in the subconscious mind.

At the age of 7, we begin to create the critical mind. It filters information that makes it possible to accept and reject certain ideas.

Next is the conscious mind. It houses your logic, reason, decision making and planning ability, and your will power. This part of the mind is estimated to be 12% of the mind’s capacity

Many problems are lodged in the subconscious mind like a smoking habit or procrastination.  You have tried to solve your problem by using logic, reasoning, and willpower. But the result is fruitless. When you have 12% against 88%, the 88% always wins.

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