DOES YOUR UNCONSCIOUS SEND YOU DISGUISED SIGNALS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

Recently, I kept forgetting a neighbor’s first name. I’ll call him Jack. Jack was someone I’d seen dozens of times; so it made no sense. I’m neither brain-damaged nor on the verge of Alzheimer’s.

One morning, while mulling over a cup of coffee at my favorite Starbucks, I started thinking about an old friend. Because of time and distance we drifted apart. It struck me how hurt and angry I felt that he hadn’t made more of an effort to stay close. On the other hand, neither had I.

That afternoon, I called him and we arranged a long overdue visit. When we finally got together, after a few awkward moments, it didn’t take long to remember how special the relation was to both of us. It felt like we’d never been apart. You guessed it, his name was Jack.

I don’t forget my neighbor’s name anymore.

Please share any disguised messages that your unconscious has sent you.

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8 Responses to DOES YOUR UNCONSCIOUS SEND YOU DISGUISED SIGNALS? by Art Smukler, author & psychiatrist

  1. sylvia says:

    My unconscious is really a saboteur. I have had major writing success in the past but after a period of hiatus due to personal matters, my attempts to resurrect this career has been meeting with resistance. Every time I am on a roll (completing a book under contract or in the works) I encounter health issues. What does one conclude from the fact that one is standing in her own way by projecting this type of block? I’ve been trying to figure this out for years.

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  2. Elise Warner says:

    Aromas, a resemblance, weather, music will often trigger memories for me

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  3. cj says:

    I’m not sure I listen close enough to those unconscious messages. Your post made me think. Thank you.

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  4. This morning my message is to stay in bed because you won’t remember what day it was tomorrow. Thanks for making me think. – Gayle Gross

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