Grandma was very rich, at over 80 years of age, she kept on saving even as little as a cent as usual. If she wants something, her kids had to buy for her with
their own money (she couldn’t and will not buy it herself) and got her reprimanded on prodigal in return. Whenever they asked her “why she had to be like this since she has money more than enough for the rest of her life? “, she said that one must save to be rich but then she was asked why after being rich should there be a reason for such kind of saving? she couldn’t give any answers but rebukes strongly instead.
A case like this makes us have A CLEAR picture of how the subconscious work. It represented all auto functions like ‘Familiarity’, ‘Skill’, ‘Behavior’, ‘Habit’, ‘Temperament’, ‘Trait’ or ‘Instinct’.
If we keep up some repeated actions over a long period of time, the subconscious will note it down on their basic task which is preserved as an autopilot for us but is different from a case when
the autopilot is being shifted by us intentionally. The subcon-scious triggers up and takes charge once it feels appropriate on its own will, like this case of stinginess. After long repeated attitude of Kathy on savings during her formative period especially on struggling from survival to a millionaire, her subconscious noted it down as the way to survival. Any actions against this, means loss or harm to her present status, her overbearing survival tool or autopilot under the control of her subconscious would flip up overboard and reject or fight back on its own, which lead to a reprimand as what had happened, even when it’s not compatible to the real situation, since the subconscious regard only its own survival rule unlike the consciousness that has the ability to learn, to gain knowledge from environment and to simulate the situation which may happen through the incoming and existing data on our memory.
What is done by the subconscious under auto function, we may call it personality or temperament or even call it an instinct. But to what degree, it depends on how long our memory is being imprinted repeatedly on the subconscious.
Since autopilot act on its own internal long-term repeated memory which may not compatible with the real situation, however, nature still give us this function.
Beside the dark side of its stubbornness or overbearing responses, this function of autopilot is extremely necessary. We may not be aware of what this function assists or handle things for us. Let’s see some sample of driving a car, many times we drive
while we are on the call, the one who drives for us is not us, but the subconscious. Indeed, we really drive a car by ourselves only on training period that needed full concentration on collecting driving data, learning and experiencing many case studies in many situations, and repeat like that until subconscious noted it down then that becomes an involuntary skill of us. Very few people know about this, they still thought that they drive on their own. That’s why once a situation happened out of frame, the subcon-scious has no solution for it while our consciousness focuses with the call on the phone, accident then occurs unavoidably.
If we think of what else autopilot do for us, we may think of it as tasks based on skills learned done involuntarily and that is what is being done by the subconscious which is hard for us to intervene if there is nothing beyond pattern. However, if one wants to fight back our free will on some tasks that being shifted over to the subconscious, one must put effort on a long-term plus repeated responses too, to build up another auto pathway which weight more in term of memory agglomeration