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Weaknesses of the unconscious

Low resolution/ limited discrimination, difficulty in processing fine detail; tendency to overgeneralize, especially in the early stages of learning; prone to inappropriate responses in certain situations; prone to ‘fixity’ in the form of set expectations or set responses in certain situation; tendency to respond in  an ‘all or nothing’ manner; relatively slow learning (reactive and context dependent); unable to delay responses; limited to responding to immediate goals (as distinct from temporally remote goals); unable to deal with delayed error signals (delayed feedback/consequences); limited spontaneity (reactive to circumstances, reactive will rather than initiating-will) In principle, the weaknesses of the unconscious mind can be compensated for by the ‘strengths’ of the conscious mind, and in that sense the unconscious mind and the conscious mind can be regarded as fulfilling complementary roles.

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