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Who's in control of your thoughts?

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    KazeCraven Graduated from Typology : May 2011
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    Someone asks you what you think about a particular book.

    You hadn't thought of this before, but you come up with an answer in less than a second.

    Where did this come from? If you didn't consciously decide that this is what you actually think, can you really say that what you said is your opinion?
     
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    First response thoughts seem to be a matter of processing associations. When you're asked about a particular book, your mind quickly brings together many impressions/memories, thoughts, feelings associated with the book.

    However, decided thoughts seem to take from between a split-second to weeks longer to form. In your example, I would qualify my initial answer as a representation of my impression of the book. But if I wanted to give a definite answer, I would read it, and do some background research on the history of the subject matter and the author - as well as pondering the probable intention of the book.
     
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    personally for me... in theory upon being asked said question:

    1- it will take a few seconds for my brain to find the relevance of the question
    2- i will begin to slowly tell my actual thoughts on the book
    3- something kicks in as i realize no one understands the depth of what i'm saying
    4- then i get frustrated and resort to simple words like yes, no, good, bad
    5- then i distract the person that asked the question, and run away quickly
     
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    there's conscious mind, and there's unconscious mind.... I'll say all of them is me, yet operated separately.
     
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