Consciousness: Understanding and Thought processes

How to define Consciousness?

Whatever we look in our surrounding and we are able to recognize them then that awareness and alertness is actually consciousness. Let’s formulate the definition of the consciousness.

Consciousness is our awareness of everything which is going on around us and inside our own head (brain and mind) at any moment, which we use them to organize our behavior (including our thoughts, Sensations, and feelings).

Waking State

This is one of the states of the consciousness in which a person feels alert, hence, their thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and sensations are clear and organized.

Altered State of Consciousness

There are many a time in a day where people’s conscious differs from the waking state, these variations are called an altered state. In this state, thoughts may become fuzzy, disorganized and you become less alert. Some of the forms of altered state of consciousness are- daydreaming, being hypnotized, achieving meditative trans-state and addictions to drugs, caffeine, tobacco, etc.

Sleep is one of the most common altered states of the consciousness wherein people spend a third of their life.


Types of thoughts processes

There are two kinds of thought processes, which are discussed below.

  1. Controlled Processes- Such thought processes where we require to give conscious attention to the fairly high degree. Such processes are driving a car, conversation over the phone, making notes during studies, etc.
  2. Automatic Processes- Such thought processes where a low level of conscious attention required. We are aware of the actions taken under automatic processes, such as combing hair, walking, riding or drive a car on a familiar road.

We learned its importance in our life. Kindly share your doubts and queries in the comment below. Some of the suggested readings for you are-

Sensation and Its Interpretation in Psychology

Scientific Approach to Psychology

Modern Perspective of the Psychology

Analysis of Culture and Psychological Research

Psychology and its evolution

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