Stream of consciousness, how we perceive the mind works, is typically a sequence and flow. William James introduced the world to the concept with his principles of psychology, written in 1980. For the aspiring psychologists who are serious about their present crafts and future crafts, it is surely worthy of study. And in the event that certain texts require some updating, isn’t that a practice of critical thinking for the reader? For an aspiring psychologist, maybe it also serves as a challenge of what is true in the industry?
This is part two of Mental Rigor, start here.
Stream of consciousness are also referred to as narrative mode. The chronology of a story is present in any timeline, since our meaning making machines will be sure to tell us whether it’s a ‘good’ story or a ‘bad’ story. As fiction can tell us, a good story doesn’t have to have a good ending – vice versa for the bad stories.
Where a stream of consciousness is coined in its’ natural familiarity, I suggest to you a trail of thought. A trail that is your rigid or definite demand, as Napoleon Hill would put it. A trail that anyone can walk upon once you declare it. As if your intention is the molten lava that creates an island, and the trails that you design on that island.