Take better decisions, be more creative, free up time (in 500 words)

Unconscious Thought Theory (UTT) has become a really hot topic, with new research in psychology and neuroscience, and hordes of people apparently jumping on this latest psych-fashion bandwagon. They have good reason.

How it works

Key facts reconfirmed by new reputable research:

  • The unconscious mind is continuously thinking without our being consciously aware of it
  • It passes the results of its thinking into our conscious mind from time to time – this may seem like intuition, inspiration, a sudden idea, or just reaching a conclusion
  • It is much faster than the conscious mind (estimates vary from half a million to a billon times more!) so it is incredibly quick to complete things our conscious minds take ages to attempt
  • It is much more powerful a processor of information (by a similar factor) so it is infinitely better at complex decisions & judgements
  • It uses the part of the brain where our creative processes take place so it is vastly better at acts of creativity.

How to do it

The way to exploit UTT comes down to getting out of your own way, quite simply to making sure the conscious leaves the unconscious to it.

Use these techniques in place of spending hours trying to wring solutions, decisions, creativity from your brain. UT takes over the responsibility for all that, operating beneath the level of our awareness , freeing up your time for other activities.

1. Distraction

The conscious mind has a tiny bandwidth, and when that is fully in use, the unconscious automatically takes over the task in hand, deploying its speed, power & creativity.
Mentally sing a song, re-run a game, do some arithmetic – anything that focuses your full attention away from the solution you’re seeking. Even for a few seconds.

2. Deferral

At bedtime set yourself to find the answer overnight, simply by resolving to do so. That’s enough to set UT into action. You’ll wake up clearer, not always with the answer, but at least knowing more about how to find it.
The same approach works by simply affirming “I don’t know now, but I will in [n] hour(s)” .

3. Mindfulness

Meditation, or indeed any form of relaxed stillness of both mind & body, engages the part of the brain that we need for creative acts or solutions.
Give it ten to twenty minutes, stay awake, sit upright, think about the solution you need, let the mind find its own direction, don’t try to drive a structured logical pattern.
Its so simple you might be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about. Until you try it for yourself & experience the often dramatic results.

From Descartes to Einstein, Napoleon to Churchill, and Edison to Dali, many of our greatest thinkers over the last 400 years have evolved techniques for exploiting what we now, with the benefit of scientific proof, call UTT.

Do join them.

You’ll be amazed.

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