conscious - everything we are aware of at given moment
preconscious - thoughts, feelings, memories that can be easily brought to the conscious level
unconscious - thoughts, feelings, memories and wishes that are extremely difficult to bring awareness; may appear in disguished form in dreams
what is the unconscious?
- that portions of the mind inaccessible to usual, conscious thoughts
clinical evidence for postulating the unconscious:
- slips of the tongue
- post hypnotic suggestion
- material derived from free association
- material derived from projective techniques
- symbolic content of psychotic symptoms
"consciousness is only a thin slice of the total mind"