What are the different states of human consciousness?

Did you know that there are different states of human consciousness? In this Better with Health article we want to talk to you about them because they are very interesting.

Last update: 15 September, 2022

Until now you may only have known the difference between consciousness and unconsciousness.. But within consciousness, do you know that there can be different states? This is very interesting, don’t you think?

Of course, we will first delve into the definition of human consciousness before delving into its different states. Are you ready to discover this topic in depth?

What is human consciousness?

From the point of view of psychology, human consciousness is that state in which all our neurocognitive functions are active. The definition provided by the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) is also appropriate, but it falls short: “the human being’s ability to recognize the surrounding reality and to relate to it”.

It is true that thanks to consciousness you can recognize the reality that surrounds you. However, behind this there is a series of functions that are activated, such as perception, language, attention, memory or coordination, among others. All these functions are essential so that the different states of human consciousness that we will see can occur.

The States of Human Consciousness: Lower Awareness and Mindfulness

Mindfulness can be worked through meditation, for example.

We are now going to delve into the different ordinary states of human consciousness. There are only two, what is known as low consciousness and full attention.. Doesn’t that last one sound like a lot to you? It is one of the most used states of human consciousness when talking about meditation or yoga. But here you will be able to learn more about the two.

Low consciousness, instinct

Have you ever woken up in the morning and realized that you have pushed aside the blanket that was covering you? Your body, even though you were asleep, sent a signal to your brain that you were hot and you acted, even though you don’t remember. You were in a state of low consciousness. Another similar circumstance can occur when you are at a party surrounded by people who talk and shout.

Without knowing very well why, if you hear your name, your attention is fully focused on him. Never mind all the noise that could be stunning or confusing you. Low consciousness is active and is helping you to act, on many occasions, instinctively. This is quite different from what will happen to you if you practice mindfulness.

mindfulness, focus

Mindfulness is considered a higher state of consciousness. Here, consciousness no longer acts in a free way, but you are the one who controls it in some way. To do this, for example, you can put all your attention on your thoughts to manage them, observe them from a point of view similar to that of a spectator and let them flow like the clouds in the sky.

This type of attention must be worked on to develop it.. In fact, if you have ever done meditation, you may have realized that it is not easy to maintain full attention. However, it has certain advantages. Thanks to it, you can limit your impulsive acts, reflect on your thoughts, get to know yourself better and live much calmer and in peace.

What can alter the states of human consciousness?

States of consciousness can be altered qualitatively or quantitatively.

States of human consciousness can always be altered. ANDhe dream is itself an altered (or alternative) state of consciousness. When you dream, for example, you are in a state of low consciousness that can be disrupted if you disrupt a natural sleep cyclefor instance.

This causes you to feel more tired and irritable later in the day. They are the consequences that this type of alterations cause in your consciousness. It is worth noting that consciousness can be altered quantitatively and qualitatively

Another element that can alter the states of human consciousness is hypnosis.. During hypnosis, a person will appear to be asleep, but they are not. Although you probably know hypnosis that you have seen on TV shows, you should know that there are some therapists who use it to combat suggestions or thoughts that have become automated.

Drug use also has a significant effect on altering states of human consciousness.. In some cases, they can stimulate, but in others they can cause a deep state of sadness and depression. Also, there are drugs that can cause hallucinations. The ways in which drugs alter consciousness are diverse.

Subjectivity in the states of human consciousness

Consciousness is subjective because it is about how you perceive yourself and the world around you. When this consciousness is altered, by using drugs or by being in a state of hypnosis, it expands, it breaks out of its common patterns, it overcomes all physical barriers. This is very interesting, because knowing how the mind works is something that still surprises us.

Did you know that these types of states of human consciousness exist and what factors can alter them? We encourage you to enter the interesting world of mindfulness where you will discover hidden corners of your consciousness that you did not know and skills that will be very useful for your day to day. Consciousness is amazing.

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