Analysis Of ' The Automatic Brain '

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While we believe that we are fully aware of our thoughts and decisions we are helplessly led by our brains subconscious, this allows us to address our self image as well our perception of others in a matter of seconds without realizing the brain activity occurring. In the text Reflect & Relate (Steven McCornack 2007), Chapter 2 describes the process and elements of self understanding and the components that lead us to this analysis of who we are. Chapter 3 applies the same process into the analysis of others and how people go about interacting and building relationships with other individuals. The film The Automatic Brain (2011) addresses the processes discussed in the text and goes into great detail of how the brain handles and processes the large amount of information, and subconsciously influences our perception of self and others. The film provides a glimpse into the science of subconscious brain activity and provides examples of how the brain makes subconscious decisions that affect our interpersonal communication. Together the text and film produce a complete picture of our subconscious self image as well the subconscious attributes that build our perception of others. Our image of self awareness is built of many components of past experience that are engraved in our subconscious and are weighed against our environment to create an image of who we are and who we think we are. The Johari Window is a prime example of considering self and what we are able to understand about our selves compared to what is controlled by our subconscious (McCornack 2007 p58). Quadrant 1 of the window is devoted to the public area of self, this is information that we acknowledge about ourselves and that others know about us such as beliefs... ... middle of paper ... ...s easy to use this process to fill unknown information considering that 91% of what we see is added from our subconscious memory (The Automatic Brain 2011). Although we wish to claim we are unbiased, it is human nature to add information from our subconscious to fill the missing gaps. Our brains are able to perceive ourselves and others in only a matter of seconds, all of this is credited to our brains subconscious activity and we only really realize this activity when we are given a final result of what we should think of ourselves and others. This process is extremely effective yet it has major disadvantages when we are misinformed and make false judgments. A combination of the text Reflect & Relate and the film The Automatic Brain provide an informational balance of why we preform self analysis and perceive others as well as how our brain preform the process’s.
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