Chapter 1: Thinking Without Awareness

“How much do we know at any time?
Much more, or so I believe, than we know we know!”
~Agatha Christie, The Moving Finger

This big idea of contemporary psychological science—that most of our everyday thinking, feeling, and acting operate outside conscious awareness—“is a difficult one for people to accept,” report John Bargh and Tanya Chartrand, psychologists at New York University. Our consciousness is biased to think that its own intentions and deliberate choices rule our lives (understandably, since tip-of-the-iceberg consciousness is mostly aware of its visible self). But consciousness overrates its own control….

Chapter Contents

Introduction to the Automaticity of Being
Children’s Intuitive Learning
Left Brain/Right Brain
Implicit Memory
Knowing Without Awareness
Two Ways of Knowing