More on what drives our behavior (and learning from it)

Nov 09, 2011

In September, 2011, I read Frank van Marwijk’s article, “The effect of emotions on your decisions” (in Dutch at It supported Katie Byron’s work with the reminder that research has shown (Prof. Dr. Ap Dijksterhuis and Dr. Dan Hill concluded separately from each other) that for 95% of the time, people make decisions based on subconscious choices and emotions rather than rational thought processes. Consciously thinking about our decisions generally involves weighing the pros and cons and gives us the impression that we have control over our decision-making. We identify mostly with our consciousness and tend to see our subconsciousness as the inferior, uncontrollable part of ourselves. According to Dijksterhuis, the subconscious represents an intelligent part of our thinking that is perfectly capable to make thoughtful decisions—what he calls “subconscious thinking.” Particularly with difficult decisions, it can be useful to let it sink in, allowing the subconscious do its work. Interestingly, this is where more data can be processed than when we’re consciously busy thinking things over. In short, there’s good reason why people say “I think I’ll sleep on it”!

But what if we want to tap into it – become more aware of what is there for each of personally guiding this subconscious thinking? What are we talking about, anyway? I got answers to this question earlier this year while I underwent an Organic ScoreCard training for coaches by Transmind b.v. I learned about the 12 domains of consciousness and how different layers exist for each one (or not, depending on if they’ve been developed). I gained insight about my own levels of consciousness, how they are connected, and play a constant role in my actions, reactions, how I feel inside my skin, etc.

F – a – s – c – i – n – a – t – i – n – g  stuff to say the least.

Learning about what’s driving my behavior was only the beginning . . . the awareness of where I am in my developmental process gave plenty of information for me to chew on, determine areas for new growth, my challenges, blind spots, etc. It’s opened a world of new possibilities, really. And not only do I see my own potential for growth so much more clearly, I’ve learned how to better help others understand their own Organic ScoreCard results via a coaching process. I’m looking forward to all of the discoveries ahead.

Cara Crisler
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