This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Snap Judgments: A Look Into The Subconscious Mind

1488 words - 6 pages

The brain is one of the most complex as well as one of the most vital organs of the human body. It's utter perplexity still causes the most astound thinkers to step back and contemplate the way it works. Every second the brain processes four-hundred billion bits of information, while only two-thousand of those bits people become aware of. One can also observe that with so much information to process, there is a plethora of information in the world that can be obtained than what is actually being perceived. Unknowingly, people criticize others and make judgments without even being aware of their perception. Although it is said that one can acquire the skills to make judgments that are unbiased and are constructed of a wide range or base of background knowledge, one simply does not have the time to think about thinking. People instinctively judge others constantly by their mere appearance despite the fact that it is considered immoral. It is so common that one does not even realize when they are doing it. In the grocery store, at work, at school; No matter where one may be, they are making snap judgments. The irony and truth of the matter is that a majority of the time, those subconscious decisions or judgments that one makes and are unbeknownst to them are strangely correct. (Hirshon)
People often underestimate how accurate their subconscious thoughts really are. How can one “think”, without actually thinking? An assistant psychologist at Princeton University, Alex Todorov, answers this question. Todrov agrees that as time passes and one becomes more acquainted with people, one would begin to make a more informed opinion about another that is most likely different than what their fist initial impression would have been, however, after conducting a series of five experiments, Todrov concluded that judgments made during a time constraint of 100 milliseconds correlated highly with those that were made in the absence of time. When he increased the time constraint to 500 milliseconds, he found that the impressions became more negative towards the subject being judged and therefore misconstruing their first initial impression, which was most likely correct. (Boutin) Although one would like to think that judging a person solely based upon their appearance is amiss, the fact is that one's mind is his or her own destruction. The more one thinks about how a person may really be, the more one starts to consider all of the possibilities and the more distant their thoughts become from their initial reaction. One's consciousness picks up on pessimism and facts about the real world, most likely causing our well-thought out process of thinking to become more negative. In a sense, one's conscious-thinking actually becomes their own curse, causing the amount of factual based information to override the automatic thought.
Despite research and tests conducted, many have doubted that one's subconscious thinking is substantially more accurate than one's...

Find Another Essay On Snap Judgments: A Look into the Subconscious Mind

Into the mind of a serial killer

2176 words - 9 pages down the stairs to his grandmother's room. It was only talked about in the book once, but you can assume it happened on other occasions.Red Dragon by Thomas Harris gives its readers more than just an interesting story. The book provides the readers with a glimpse into the life and mind of a real serial killer. Every little detail about Francis Dolarhyde shows a characteristic that has been seen in killers throughout history. After reading this book

Meursault’s Subconscious Mind in Albert Camus’ The Stranger

1248 words - 5 pages stream falling from the sky” which he blames as his excuse for moving forward (Camus 57). This discomfort eventually turns into pain and keeps him walking when others would stop. Right before Meursault pulls the trigger he describes that, “The light shot off the steel and it was like a long flashing blade cutting at my forehead” to imply that the light was his reason for shooting. The light not only refers to the sun, but to God as well. When

A look into the Foster Care System

1421 words - 6 pages A look into the Foster 1Running Head: A LOOK INTO THE FOSTERA look into the Foster Care SystemDesiree BroylesAshford UniversityA look into the Foster 2Child Welfare or Children's services for profit began in England in 1562, and was soon imported into the American colonies. Foster Care is defined as temporary shelters for children removed from their homes for various reasons including abuse, neglect, adoption, death and illness. The central goal

A Look into the Watergate Affair

1142 words - 5 pages A Look into the Watergate Affair The Watergate Affair, is the worst political scandal in U.S. history. It led to the resignation of the president, Richard M. Nixon, after he became implicated in an attempt to cover up the scandal. “The Watergate Affair” refers to the break-in and electronic bugging in 1972, of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate apartment, and office building complex in Washington D.C. The

A Look into the Skeptical Environmentalist

1565 words - 6 pages and energies need to channeled, as much as possible, into real priorities concerning the environment, and not rely on the doomsday theorists to frighten society by selective use of statistics, and thus clouding issues of prioritization. The rest of the book focuses on "the truth," attempting to give it in pure, unbiased form.This book is an excellent testament to the adage "a little knowledge can be dangerous." Yes, it's true that some

Pecan Pie: A Look into the Pecan

800 words - 4 pages the tree began when early settlers cleared overgrown trees, brush, and removed the majority of the acres of timber to create room for animals and agriculture. The earliest orchards were planted and established in the mid-1800s and resulted in an extensive expansion of the pecan industry into the southeastern U.S. in the early 1900s and to the west in the 1930s. Pecan trees have a productive and long life of 100-200 years. Pecans are known for their

A Look Into Psychoanalysis

1459 words - 6 pages      Psychoanalysis had its beginning with the discovery that a person in complete physical health could experience an illness with physical symptoms that stemmed from things trapped in the subconscious known as hysteria. Charcot, a French neurologist tried to liberate the mind through hypnosis. A Viennese physician, Josef Breuer, carried this purging further with a process based on his patient, Anna O., revealing

A Look into Hinduism

806 words - 3 pages -Dharma, which means everlasting religion. Hinduism is the third leading religion following Christianity and Islam and has no one initiator, teacher, or spiritualist and it is not an unconvinced religion. All through this article, I will look further in-depth on what makes up the Hindu religion what the traditional and group influences that have prepared Hinduism fundamental to Hinduism, and I will provide details the yearning for freedom from early

A Look Into Germany

1647 words - 7 pages Country background: Germany is currently the second most populous nation in Europe and one of the continents largest economies [1]. Since the early half 20th century the nation has gone through 2 world wars. Germany was originally divided into two former states known as the western federal republic of Germany (FRG) and the eastern German democratic republic (GDR). The FRG was a key member of western security, and economic organizations. The

Into the Mind

1078 words - 4 pages Barton 3Aaron BartonMr. Di FioriComp IV11 October 2014Into the MindThere are many forms of literature analysis, but psychological analysis is the only one that dives into the mind of an individual to reveal their innermost thoughts and desires. You can take a piece of literature and break down every character and their reasoning behind their actions. This is useful to help get a better understanding of a character in a story. By looking at the

A Look Inside the Mind of Anne Frank

1281 words - 6 pages Dutch Jews”, many people have argued that Anne Frank’s diary was not a strong portrayal of the holocaust. Critics say that she “was too far removed from the horrors—the gas chambers, the death pits, the overcrowded ghettos” (Foray 331). Foray, however, believes that the diary gives an in depth look into the lives that were lived behind the scenes of the holocaust, and how European Jews were affected even outside of Germany as Germany’s reach grew

Similar Essays

A Look Into The Human Mind. Sl

773 words - 3 pages A Look into the Human Mind In his powerful novel, Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut tells of a man named Billy Pilgrim who has become unstuck in time. He walks through a door in 1955 and comes out another in 1941. He crashes in a plane in 1968 and ends up displayed in a zoo on the planet Tralfamadore making love to Earth porno-star, Montana Wildhack. He ends up in the cellar of a slaughterhouse when Dresden is bombed to ashes during World

Trapped In The Red Room: A Look Into The Mind Of The Original Mrs. Rochester

1808 words - 8 pages Trapped in the Red Room: A Look into the Mind of the Original Mrs. Rochester “One is very crazy when in love” (Freud). Freud made this statement nearly one hundred years ago. As one of the founders of modern psychology what would he have to say about the mad woman in the attic? Was she mad, in love, suffering from hysteria, or simply a product of nature versus nurture? Neither of which were very kind to her. In Jane Eyre we as the readers are

Influence Of The Mind: A Look Into The Study Of Sports Psychology

1333 words - 6 pages “All living things seek to be in harmony with their own nature. To the degree harmony is achieved, optimal functioning and performance is possible. To the degree harmony is blocked, optimal functioning is impaired,” (Bennet, Pravitz 68). Many say that the mind is a mystery; there are no clear lines, no black and white, only grey, blurred imaginary boundaries in ones subconscious. Still, psychologists and trainers have for years managed to

The Subconscious Mind In Orwell’s 1984

1008 words - 4 pages If life is but a dream, do we ever wake up? Or are dreams just a fragment of our imagination? Do they hold any relevance to our inner most desires and thoughts? Revealing one's character or repressed feelings can be known by in our dreams. In the totalitarian society of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell, the main character Winston Smith relies on his subconscious mind to maintain his sanity.Winston works for the Party rewriting the