(2015). PEP Video Grants, 1(1):3
Mind Your Mind, Episode 1: The Unconscious
is a source of and depth. But it is silly and funny. And it gets us into all kinds of trouble. In Mind Your Mind episode 1, , Dr Heath takes us on an adventure of , slips of the tongue, patriotism, and the dangers of retail therapy. Our comes out in the way we act; pay and be entertained!
DR. HEATH: Hi, I'm Dr. Heath. I'm a psychoanalyst. Welcome to session one of psychology 101. Today's session is about .
Everybody's got one. No need to be embarrassed about it. In fact, to get to know our strivings can be a very helpful thing. But how do we even know we have an ? You can't see it, or for the most part measure it, so we look for what we call derivatives of . Two simple examples are slips of the tongue and content.
Now, you may think that slips of the tongue are simply accidents. Oh, I was about something else. We'll talk about in another session. Now, for today, let's have a so we can talk about it.
SPEAKER 1: Hi Dr. Geek. I mean, Dr. Heath. Listen, I had a question about this video that we're working on. It was about the wording concerning the slips of the tongue. I think you should focus on something more pertinent, like cognitive distortions.
DR. HEATH: Here, my colleague clearly calls me Dr. Geek. I can't know what it means. The meaning is for him to discover. And I don't care that he called me a geek. He's a friend of mine, and he's working with me on these videos. But if here were to spend some time about it, or talking about it, it quickly emerge about his mixed feelings about these videos. Maybe he sees me as a geek, and maybe he doesn't like seeing me as a geek. Thus, the and thus, the slip, the emergence of .
Icebergs. Seems random, but stick with me. When you see an iceberg, you only see a little bit of the ice sticking up out of the water. This is the problem for boats. They can crash on the part underwater without even seeing it coming.
Same way with the mind. Most of what goes on in the mind is -- under the surface. So for my colleague, the tip of the iceberg, the part, would be the word "geek," the . But under the surface, what caused the slip to come out? It would be meanings, like my colleague's fear that he'll be revealed as a geek himself if he associates with me, or his anger at me for roping him into doing this video.
But he's conflicted. In general, he likes me, and sees these videos as a good thing. So his mind submerges those thoughts and feelings. For the most part.
Mm. content is another way manifests up. For instance, if this is a , how'd I end up beside a judge, having tea? One lump, please.
There are all kinds of investments that my has in all these symbols around me. For instance, why didn't I have Sofia Vergara in my instead of a judge?
SPEAKER 2: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the --
DR. HEATH: There are much more ways that stuff emerges. It becomes ingrained in the , so it colors who the person is and how they see things. A positive aspect of derivatives is in patriotism. I get goosebumps sometimes when I hear the national--
SPEAKER 2: --with liberty and justice for all.
DR. HEATH: But there's something more to it. What is that more to it?
It has to do with the awe I had as a , looking at my parents and learning values from them. It also has to do with my connection with other people in my community. But I don't think consciously about those things when I hear the national anthem. It stays mostly submerged.
So patriotism is a good example of how enhances our experience of life. But what about when gets in our way? Let's see an example.
My love of cars. It's so deep, it wells up from my . There's nothing wrong with enjoying things if you can afford them. But people are often driven into large amounts of debt just to get stuff to prove they have worth. Are the fancy cars and houses, and of the debt, compensations for feeling bad about yourself?
What are other ways us? One way is in relationships. People have particular ways they see themselves and others in relationships. It ends up creating a theme. And this theme reflects content. For instance, what if I often feel judged?
This is no different than content. If we understand our motivations, we can start freeing ourselves from these very patterns.
The amazing thing is that these factors happen in everybody all the time. is the last frontier, and it's hidden in plain sight.
: That's a great idea. I'm going to tweak that.
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Heath, A. (2015). Mind Your Mind, Episode 1: The Unconscious. PEP Video Grants, 1(1):3