Your unconscious mind is the part of your mind that you cannot access even when you try. A more precise definition would be something like “the mental processes implanted in the earliest years of your life that are inaccessible to consciousness, but that automatically and reflexively influence your judgments, feelings, and behavior.” Good examples of these kinds of hidden processes would range from the way in which your mind transforms light rays that strike your retina into three-dimensional vision to, at a higher order, the way you select, interpret, and evaluate incoming information and set goals in motion. With this definition in mind, here’s a description of seven of your unconscious mind’s most important operating rules.
Rainer Maria Rilke is a poet. He was born in Prague during the winter of 1875 and died 51 years later in Switzerland, on December 29th, 1926.
Rilke's father was a man of failed ambitions, in the end a minor railroad official who had not managed to obtain a commission in the Austrian army after many years of service. His mother Sophie likewise was a woman of disappointed longings, grieving well after Rilke's birth over the premature death of her daughter. In Rilke's early years, Phia (as his mother was called) acted as if she were seeking to recover her lost baby through Rilke. Two of his names — René and Maria — evidence her attempt to lend him a female identity, as do his early years, when, against his father's ineffectual opposition, Phia dressed Rilke as a girl.
To Rilke's lifelong despair, this parental combination provided him a deeply conflicted childhood, one of which he had only the darkest memories, one of which he could