The Power of the Unconscious Essay

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The Power of the Unconscious Have you ever experienced a time when you were wracking your brain trying to come up with a thesis statement for a paper, an answer to a math problem, or the title of your new poem? You spend countless hours only to end up where you began – at ground zero. You find that your brain is starting to ache from the excessive thinking and you decide to get your mind off of the problem. You focus your attention on something else, perhaps on getting some R&R and all of a sudden...AHA! The solution to your problem just pops into your head out of nowhere, almost as if it sneaked its way into your thoughts! You then find yourself wondering how this happened and what was responsible for such a reaction. The culprit of…show more content…
While unknowingly immersed in unconscious thought, some of our most creative ideas are formed. While one is under the influence of the unconscious, new ideas are born, but it is the phase between conscious and unconscious thought in which the idea is realized. At this point of realization, as referred to by May, an idea comes to you as insight. One may say that the idea just pops into your head "out of the blue." For some, this moment of realization may come at the most unfortunate of times...perhaps after a huge exam. As a struggling college student, I can recall many instances when during the middle of an exam I couldn't seem to remember certain concepts that I desperately needed to recall. It may have been after a couple hours or days, but the ideas just "popped into my mind" as if from nowhere in particular. In my life, these realizations always manage to come at the wrong time, leaving me displeased with the "time table" of unconscious awakenings. Jerry Hirschberg, one of the leading automotive and industrial designers in the world and author of the Creative Priority, refers to this exact moment of heightened awareness as the "eureka" moment: the emergence of an idea as a split second resulting in pure, limpid clarity and a sense of lift accompanied by a surge of energy. Renowned psychoanalyst Carl Jung describes the creative process as having a feminine quality, as the creative work arises, almost as if birthed, from unconscious depths. Characteristics of the
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