Very simple unconscious refers to not knowing or perceiving. An action or processes can be unconsciously performed in that you were not aware of and had not planned it. EX: (the painter unconsciously emphasized the most romantic aspects of the landscape) He was not aware of preforming the act of selecting romantic aspects while painting and did so without conscious effort. In the case of a person who is knocked out and considered unconscious they are not aware of themselves. Do not confuse logical ideologies of popular psychology with historical grammatical correctness.
The subconscious is a term coined for a "sub" or lower level of consciousness and a subconscious action supposedly is one performed under the direction of some lower consciousness or less self aware intelligence.
So unconsciously is of no awareness in a person and subconsciously is for derived of the concept of a lower consciousness of a persons mind and is strictly a clinical psychology term.
The confusion lies in the semantics of what one considers the painters awareness. Which is completely different under the clinical and non clinical paradigm. In the classic grammatical sense born of the time when people only viewed the self along the lines of "as thinks a man so is he" or "I think therefore I am" before modern psychology barged in with it's notion of the subconscious mind and of a person being able to have fragments of their mind (One being all perceiving and the other being selectively aware.) there was only conscious mind or ego. He "the painter" was not aware of the action (did not recognize and register it's nature or existence) and thus to him it was unconscious.
In the view of clinical psychology today he "the painters" awareness is in fact that of his conscious and his subconscious mind operating as a whole so nothing he dose of his own internal volition which comes from his consciousness, any part of it, sub or no, is ever unconscious and so the statement that he unconsciously did something is not logical under this paradigm and therefore the notion of unconscious action is an oxymoron.
The term unconscious would be incorrect in labeling what is to be considered clinically to be the "subconscious mind" as the inherent descriptive state of a part of the consciousness or awareness should not be labeled as non aware. What is meant by sub or lower level consciousness though ? If consciousness simply means ones awareness, awareness of self and of the world around them, how can a thinking part of that awareness be below it's own awareness ? The subconscious mind is by some peoples definition in modern psychology a part of the consciousness which is always aware of anything perceived on any level though it itself is not perceived. It is the supposedly hidden driver thinking and doing out of reach of the conscious mind the ego.
Now that said I am not for altering the language to reflect this view of the subconscious as some hidden low level aware part of consciousness. I believe this is false and we will end up having to revert the language again at a later date. I feel the inherent confusion over the terms is a result of a fallacy in reasoning that leads some to assume we though self aware, have a part of our conscious mind (that awareness for which the term consciousness is so very appropriate) an intelligence of which it is not possible to have awareness. This belief in a hidden conscious part of our awareness of which that very awareness is unaware results in all manner of paradox and confusion not the least of which is in linguistic representation.
If you believe however that there is but the conscious mind and that it's behavior is influenced not by some hidden entity of self but rather by "factors" such as neural pathways formed prior, through experience, and as the result of prior cognition patterns formed in prior experiences and then neural chemically reinforced, then it makes more sense. If you acknowledge that the active memory of the events which had generated those behavioral neural pathways may in fact no longer exist even though the pathway dose, or perhaps is not recognized as being associated with the pathway that ends up influencing behavior it is easy to see how this could leave us perplexed as to our unexplained propensity towards certain mental patterns or mental shortcuts which affect our current actions and behaviors. If you consider that even though these patterns later influences on our mental construct may go unexamined by the ego , or un recognized for their true nature then it is quite possible to act or behave unconsciously but never to think so.
The phrase "I unconsciously thought x" is always incorrect in either paradigm. In the old paradigm as the usage of the word unconscious did not exist in the context of describing a part of the mind capable of thought and in the newer clinical paradigm is incorrect as the use of the word unconscious meaning unaware to describe that supposed subconscious (or below conscious) deterministic entity is a misnomer. So in as a descriptive for thought by the unconscious it dose not work and as a descriptive for "the manner in which" you thought it dose not work as if you thought it , it was conscious.
Dose all the confusion boil down to the first person who mistakenly coined the term "the unconscious" for describing the sub-conscious or have we ascribed a notion of a separate hidden intelligence to a mere label for influential factors which though may go unidentified or unrecognized , or whose origins become forgotten and who's formation and undesirable affect on our mental construct escaped us are none the less not proof of a separate hidden consciousness but merely the manifestation of misunderstood non remembered bits of the individually formed and maintained mental construct on which our consciousness operates.
I personally think the term "I subconsciously thought x" is also false as I believe the consciousness of a person is a combination of external perception and internal self awareness as they both may factor into the shaping of the neural pathways which enforce or encourage behavioral patterns of the underlaying defining mental construct.
I do not believe the subconscious is a thinking entity of the mind and feel the instances of people stating that they subconsciously thought something are no more then a description of a brief unremembered influence upon their behavior by the existence of preformed neural pathways which comprise instinctual mental shortcuts laid in place as a result of prior conscious mental activity. These pathways are also affected in plasticity by neural chemical production in the brain which can be influenced by perceived external stimulus such as for example sexual activities, or stressful situations, trauma, or any stimulus which tends to reinforce certain behavioral patterns. Also they may be pharmacologically encouraged. All modification to these pathways in the end are created and reinforced ultimately by the conscious mind itself though they may not at the time be recognized as resulting in a current type of mental construct conducive of certain mental patterns. They may even be undesirable but then again most of us don't go around thinking about the long term psychological ramifications of our prolonged mental states or reactions to stimulus as reinforcing certain neural pathways and erasing others. Most of us don't concentrate on building a healthy mental construct except maybe for psychologists. When these constructs influence our consciousness in ways that result in non beneficial behaviors sometimes even against better reason or our own attempts at objective logic others can always more easily point this out. This is because dose not the mental construct of the mind reinforce and determine the nature of the very mind that is examining it and can determine it ? (You might as well ask which came first the chicken or the egg) Or perhaps could one prefer to think of the mind as determining itself ? You'll have to make up your own mind on that one :)
This explains why realization of unconscious behavior (that is behavior of unknown origin or in unrecognized or miss classified manner) aids in correcting the undesired mental construct and removing through mental effort those ideas influences and behaviors. Dose one use medication or therapy to cure undesired behaviors and states of mind? This would depend on the cause medicate permanently for chemical imbalances or temporarily to aid in therapy but for non chemical imbalances the mind would need to eventually heal itself after being made to recognize it's own fallacy before such behavior is too deeply ingrained. A person can not change behavior unless they really want too and it is made easier to de-construct any faulty mental construct when they recognize it's origin and it's role in un healthy behavioral patterns.
Anyway the point it neither subconsciously nor unconsciously is correct in describing thoughts only in describing behaviors or actions. Which one you choose in that context however will likely depend on your view of the nature of the human consciousness.
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