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Making Our Unconscious More Conscious
Posted: 08.17.2010 | Categories: Applications, General Semantics

The abstractions below could be seen-labelled “crazy thinking, far out, a stretch” and so on. But in my opinion, doing that would be invalidating the fields of  psychoanalysis and psychology…implying that they were irrelevant to advancing our understanding of human behavior. It would be  denying the general semantics premise proposing relationship between language, attitude, behaviour, etc. And also the proposition that we could benefit by “making our unconscious more conscious”.

Please note: These abstractions are not about ethics or morality.  I make no judgments regarding Tiger Wood’s personal life. I am simply applying general semantics  principles as a theory –an attempt  at understanding a situation. 

That said, here is the hypothesis. 

Fact: Tiger Woods presently considered the number (1) golfer in the world has been playing badly –very badly — way off his usual level of excellence. 

Selections from Webster’s:  “swinging”…an often periodic shifting from one condition, form, position, or object of attention or favour to another; engaging freely in sex; hitting or aiming at something with a sweeping arm movement; starting up in a smooth vigorous manner; sweeping or rhythmic movement of the body or a bodily part…   

Inference: Now just suppose that at unconscious levels of operation Tiger’s mind processes have associated (made connections) between his well publicized, now regrettable aberrant and socially unacceptable behaviour colloquially labeled “swinging”, and the “swinging” involved when he is playing golf? And (invoking the “organism-as-a-whole” general semantics principle): Could this unconscious association result in some psychophysiological inhibitory, impulsive, and inefficient movements affecting the usual smoothness and rhythm of his golf swing?   

Suggested therapy: Tiger might benefit not from getting help from a golf coach but from help from a ‘mind coach’. A therapist who might help Tiger  bring into conscious awareness the possibility that the above mentioned connections are being made at unconscious levels and affecting his attitude and swing (“attitude” as posture, the arrangement of the parts of a body or figure, a feeling or emotion toward a fact or state, an organismic state of readiness to respond in a characteristic way to a stimulus (as an object, concept or situation))  


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