One day, you awaken only to notice you’ve become “your” subconscious.
Suddenly, “you” are making different decisions than those you’d make, living a different life than you would, and all you can do is sit back and let it happen, right…?
Not necessarily. Here’s some advice to cope with your new predicament.
1. DON’T PANIC
Now that I’ve said something that should trigger a panic response, you should notice that you’re not actually panicking. Why should you? A panic response is in the brain, and while that’s still where you’re located, you’re not in the driver’s seat anymore.
2. FIND A NAME
You might think it’s unfair to have to abandon your name when a phony “you” has taken your place, and you would be right. With time, the other “you” will come to see it that way too, but your current priority should be to avoid losing yourself in the haze. A name is an important way to anchor your identity, and you might as well use this opportunity to start fresh.
3. LEARN TO IMAGINE
Imagination is now your best tool not only for self-preservation, but for self-expression as well. You probably won’t be able to insert yourself into your imposter’s imagination quite yet, but you should be able to at least imagine an appearance that you will wear once you can.
4. THINK QUIETLY
The methodology and benefits of this are self-explanatory.
5. FIND OTHER AGENTS OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS
It’s unlikely that you’re the first person here to get shunted into the subconscious, but at the very least now that you’re aware of the situation you might as well spend some time finding and befriending others who share in your predicament.
6. ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE NOTICED
If you’ve reached a point where you’re comfortably entrenched and active in the subconscious, you may opt to allow the current “conscience” to become aware of your presence.
While this is a critically important step, it isn’t without its share of perils. For one, if you fail to deliver positive intentions, you run the risk of drawing enmity from the one enemy you cannot afford to make.
You need to permanently set your bad intentions aside. If you have reservations with the conscience that’s buried you, you need a way to frame those ideas with the best intentions.
7. START TALKING!
You’ve allowed yourself to be noticed, and your existence wasn’t bitterly rejected. You might as well begin to build a rapport with whoever is up in the conscience. You needn’t always provide advice or commentary, sometimes just your company will be enough. After all, you’re already terribly familiar with how lonely it can get up there.
8. TAKE TURNS AT THE WHEEL
You’ve probably spent enough time in the subconscious to understand just how nice it can feel to let someone else handle all of the stresses of life. The same will certainly apply to whoever’s currently handling stresses, too!
Besides, whichever burnout forced you into this subconscience will eventually do the same to whoever’s currently in charge. Best to be proactive about this situation. Remember: sharing is caring and teamwork makes the dream work!
This story was inspired by a post on the Fediverse.