Markova stacks, part 4:
|Unconscious elements often act as drivers. Monsters and Magical Sticks contains an excellent discussion of how to use the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious modalities for therapeutic problem-solving. Short review|
Poor recall in a modality often corresponds to using it for unconscious processing, though many people have excellent recall of experiences in their unconscious modality. They probably recall only some aspects of it, however — their body position, or tactile sensations, or emotional state, rather than complete K recall, for example.
When doing a TD search, people tend to stop external access in their unconscious system. Thus someone with an auditory unconscious will stop talking, but may keep looking at or doing things, while a K unconscious will stop doing things, but may keep talking and looking. Visual unconscious people may keep talking and moving, but their eyes defocus and they may stare into space or even close their eyes.
People who use auditory as for unconscious processing tend to have hesitations in their speech and to pause to hunt for words, particularly when trying to express something for which they don't have a ready-made answer. Their conversation may ramble and loop back on itself, and they may ask lots of questions. Their language may imply the animism of a small child; for instance, the weather may "decide" to rain. Abstract speech makes their eyes glaze over.
People who do unconscious processing visually are typically "eye shy"; they have trouble making eye contact, or their eyes blink or flutter a lot. Often their writing is rambling, repetitious, and either overly abstract or overly specific — the same patterns auditory unconscious people use in their speech.
Those with K unconscious tend to be touch-shy, unathletic, and often emotionally reserved. The exceptions tend to be very touchy-feely, masterfully athletic, or strongly emotional and very aware of others' feelings. (Typically a K unconscious person will have just 1 or 2 of these patterns, whereas a K conscious person may well display strengths in all 3.)
Determine your own Markova stack by noticing what you pay attention to in order to become alert, which modality you can multi-task in, and what sense you have difficulty tuning out. What modality does your attention shift to when you daydream (subconscious), and when you really space out (unconscious)? Which modality can exhaust or overwhelm you most (unconscious)?
Markova stack questionnaire to help you determine your own pattern.
— Jan "yon" Saeger and W. Keppel
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