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Alterted State Of Conciousness Essay

  • Submitted by: bebagalina
  • on February 20, 2012
  • Category: Psychology
  • Length: 734 words

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Consciousness has many definitions to describe its meaning, but to me it simply means, that I am aware of all that is around me, however I am not totally aware of one thing in particular unless I am directly focused upon it.  
There are also different states of consciousness such as, preconscious, unconscious, repression, suppression and non-conscious, as per Sigmund Freud.  

Preconscious:   When one’s awareness is readily available; for instance knowing my telephone number when asked.   This is a great ability to have information readily available to one when needed, especially if an emergency arises.   I do not see a con with this state, other than maybe not knowing what to do with the information, which seems quite silly but could happen.

Unconscious: The inability to be aware to most circumstances or allow ourselves to become unaware automatically.   I’d like to think this is a great experience, being able to absorb all there is around and takes it all in.   However, it’s quite the contrary because being able to focus and be aware of all things at one time is not possible.   Maybe many things, but in trying to focus on many things or even one thing helps one to lose sight of all the others.

Repression:   Due to the allowance of ourselves wanting to be aware, we repress certain emotions, such as guilt and feelings of being ashamed.   This state is only helpful when we understand what we are doing before repressing ourselves.   Maybe at the time I needed a break and wanted to “run away”or “get away from it all” for a time would be a great example and serve the purpose of repression.   However it is a huge con to continue down that path and not to face what’s “really going on”.   Repression and suppression lead to depression and it’s all down-hill from there, as far as I am concerned.

Suppression:   Suppression unlike repression, is an ability to suppress an idea or a distraction that you may not want to think about, as it would get in the way of something else...

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