A Child’s Mind: Memory, Beliefs, Emotion and Behaviour.

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A note before we get started.

Originally I wrote my posts using language that accommodates both genders. Example: “he or she”, “him or her”. That became extremely laborious so forgive me that I only use the male gender “he” in my posts.

Your Child’s Inside World.

The picture above offers a model of your child’s (and your) mind. It’s not the physical parts of the brain but rather a model of mind function. It’s not the only model of the mind that’s been developed nor is it the most complex. It does however offer you an understanding of how your child’s mind takes in and accepts information.

What follows is a description of the picture above.

As information flows into your child’s mind from his five senses it is stopped and checked by the critical faculty to determine if it’s in harmony with the perceptions your child already holds within his or her subconscious mind. If it’s information on which he or she has no previous perception or information stored then the critical faculty lets it through and the information is accepted and added to the information already there. Assuming that the information is accepted, it flows through the critical faculty, into the subconscious mind and forms a new perception or is added to an already existing perception. All sensory data received from the five senses is stored within the subconscious permanent memory (sight, sound, feeling, taste and smell.)

The Conscious Mind.

The conscious mind surrounds the subconscious mind and shields it from the outside world. The conscious mind is the rational, analytical part of the mind and does the thinking and judging. The younger your child is, the less this part of the mind has formed. Your child’s will power and short-term memory are part of his conscious mind. The conscious mind passes information received from the five senses to the subconscious. The conscious mind is aware on average of 7 bits (plus or minus 2 bits) of information at a time sequentially and is aware of about 2000 bits of information a second. For our purposes here, we consider the most important part of the conscious mind to be the critical faculty.

The Critical Faculty.

The critical faculty can be understood as a perception barrier that is formed due to information flowing in from the five senses. From birth, the critical faculty starts to form like a jigsaw puzzle, behind each first impression on each new individual subject, topic, concept or idea received by it. As the subconscious mind accepts information as fact the critical faculty then protects that information from subsequent information that opposes it. This occurs whether the perception is good or bad, fact or fiction, loving or degrading, beneficial or detrimental for your child.

Depending on the amount of information reaching the mind, most of the limiting done to human perception (potential) occurs by the age of seven. By the age of four, the average child has a very well developed understanding of whom and what they are. If a sense of worth is mostly provided in these early years the critical faculty will be formed to protect the feeling of worth. Positive concepts are then accepted by your child’s mind and negative concepts are rejected. Later in life if your child were to fall on tough times he will rise to the occasion. It’s really important to note that the critical faculty is just as happy protecting feelings of worthlessness as it is protecting feelings of worth. Remember it does not judge the information in the subconscious mind. It only protects it.

The Subconscious Mind.

The subconscious mind is home to your child’s permanent memory. Every piece of data ever received through your child’s five senses is stored in his subconscious mind. It is this, which makes him who he truly is.He will experience his next thought, his next action, and feel his next feeling based on the information it contains. The subconscious mind is the protective mind and protects him against dangers, real or otherwise. From our current understanding, the subconscious mind has no analytical capability and cannot judge information to be true or false, right or wrong, good or bad, or even whether something is reality or fantasy. Information received by the subconscious mind is acted upon while at the same time it monitors and operates every cell in your body. The subconscious mind has a massive processing capacity in comparison to the conscious mind, by estimation it handles 25000 bits of information simultaneously and receives up to 400 billion bits of information per second.

The Imagination.

The imagination is part of the subconscious mind. It is one of the most important tools a human being has. Guiding your child’s imagination to his benefit will have a direct impact on the quality of life he experiences. A child’s imagination is limitless and untamed. As we grow up we are taught that day dreaming is wrong which often stifles this valuable tool in us.
When guiding your child’s imagination, the secret lies in describing things to him in such a way that he begins to experience it. When done correctly you will see emotion and body movement as he internally responds to what you are describing. In this manner, his subconscious mind recognises the concepts you provide as instructions as to what should happen and will put forth effort to achieve it. When your child is imagining what you describe his brainwaves slow down from beta to alpha state. This relaxes the critical faculty allowing new ideas to enter into his subconscious mind.
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