I have a tendency to obsess over certain instances in my personal timeline. One of them is when two coworkers “corrected” me, saying I should say the word “unconscious” instead of “subconscious.”. I knew they were wrong, but I didn’t remember with enough certainty to correct them. Later, I looked it up and realized I was correct. Still, I never corrected them. It really wasn’t a big deal, but part of me feels the strong urge to prove I was right. I referred to the unconscious mind while describing another person’s phobia, while they incorrectly concluded I meant the definition referencing a lack of awareness or sensory perception as if asleep. Anyway, here are the definitions I found:
Unconscious–adj. Not conscious; lacking awareness and the capacity for sensory perception as if asleep or dead; without conscious volition; (followed by ‘of’) not knowing or perceiving. Noun. That part of the mind wherein psychic activity takes place of which the person is unaware (unconscious mind).
Subconscious–adj. just below the level of consciousness; N. psychic activity just below the level of awareness.
(Both definitions are from the Advanced English Dictionary)
It’s true, they are very similar; however, I was not wrong. Yes, I know I sound like Claire on Modern Family, but it’s true. So, why didn’t I correct them later? I guess part of me wanted to drop it so I wouldn’t sound like the obsessive person I occasionally am; the other part wanted them to have a win for the day. Also, checking the accuracy of my statements is for me. I want to be correct and know I am not making a false statement.
PS: School is kind of kicking my butt right now, so updates will continue sporadically. I don’t anticipate people waiting with bated breath for my next random topic update. I only mention it if you are curious.