Deeper mental processes of which you are not aware.
Stores repressed thoughts and feelings
Processes information faster than conscious processes
Unconscious thoughts and feelings manifest every waking hour and also during unexpected situations, often caused by a trigger
Evolved as a behavioral guidance system
Unconscious processes are smart and adaptive throughout the living world
Attention, perception and emotion can be both conscious and unconscious
Unconscious processes play a major role in triggering mental illness
Unconscious processes are often in conflict with one another and with other parts of the mind.
Psychological symptoms are caused by these inner conflicts, and they often resolve through insight/interpretation – bringing unconscious conflicts into awareness
The unconscious decides to act, we then become consciously aware of wanting to execute the action, and finally we act.
The process of unconscious thoughts sometimes leads to a “Eureka” moment whereby the creative product enters consciousness
We can be conscious of things that we hardly pay attention to (e.g., daydreaming), and we can be paying a lot of attention to something we are temporarily unaware of (such as keeping an issue “in the back of our head” to resolve it).