Beyond The Conscious Mind

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A new understanding of consciousness that helps you to better understand your own and others behavior. Your mind is a self-organized team of specialized independent modules that each take control of your behavior depending upon context. One of these modules, the "self-module," is the verbal interpreter of all of your behavior. However this self-module only controls behavior when you are using self-control. Introspection is thus usually nothing more than self-serving rationalization. Using experimental evidence ...
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Overview

A new understanding of consciousness that helps you to better understand your own and others behavior. Your mind is a self-organized team of specialized independent modules that each take control of your behavior depending upon context. One of these modules, the "self-module," is the verbal interpreter of all of your behavior. However this self-module only controls behavior when you are using self-control. Introspection is thus usually nothing more than self-serving rationalization. Using experimental evidence Blakeslee clearly demonstrates the many mental illusions created by this flawed understanding of self and helps you to develop a new, more accurate, self-concept.

"...provides examples of how the unconscious works, particulary looking at the creative process of Mozart, examines the role of the subconscious plays in time and consciousness, memory illusions, false beliefs, psychother."

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Drawing on the theory of neural Darwinism, popular science writer Blakeslee, author of The Right Brain, explains the concept of neuron groups called modules and their functions in the mind, and looks at the role of the unconscious in understanding our lives and relationships. He discusses memory illusions, false beliefs, nonverbal thinking, and hypnosis and other altered states. For general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595338481
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/9/2004
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 0.73 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Self-Organizing Mind 1
Ch. 2 Getting to Know Your Self Module 29
Ch. 3 Time and Consciousness 51
Ch. 4 Memory Illusions 65
Ch. 5 Other Concepts of Self 85
Ch. 6 False Beliefs 111
Ch. 7 Hypnosis and Other Altered States 139
Ch. 8 Psychotherapy and Multiple Personalities 153
Ch. 9 The Infant Brain 177
Ch. 10 Nonverbal Thinking 199
Ch. 11 Love - Merging the Self 227
Ch. 12 The Empty Self 245
Appendix One: The Cognitive Revolution 255
Appendix Two: A Summary of Conclusions 267
Notes 273
Selected Bibliography 291
Index 305
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