States of Consciousness – Levels of Awareness – with Dr Z

States of Consciousness – Levels of Awareness – with Dr Z


Hi gang. We’re gonna talk about levels of awareness
under states of consciousness. Levels of awareness is about how much attention
you’re giving to something. And the first two levels of awareness which
everyone should be familiar with is the high level and lower level. Now a high level of awareness is when you
are paying a lot of attention to something, when you are focusing very intensely on something. You notice a lot of detail. You notice a lot of what is happening with
what you’re interested in. However, you do not notice a lot of other
things happening around you, all the stuff that is irrelevant to the key thing. High levels of awareness, high levels of attention
– we cannot sustain this for a long period of time because it is exhausting. Which is good because spend most of our day
in lower levels of awareness, where we may be daydreaming, we may be doing something
that we do out of habit, or – like the gentleman in the picture – we do more than one thing
at a time. So lower level of awareness is when you’re
paying a little bit of attention to multiple things. Not as exhausting as the high level of awareness. So if you have ever been watching TV and working
on your computer and eating all at the same time, you are in a lower level of awareness
because there’s a lot of things that you’re doing that you can do out of habit and that
doesn’t require a lot of the high, intense focus or attention. Daydreaming would be considered a lower level
of awareness because you’re pretty much only aware of what you’re thinking in your head. You might have some acknowledgement of what’s
happening around you, but for the most part you’re limited to just being aware[ness] of
what is happening in your head, in your thinking. Now other levels of awareness. We have an altered level of awareness. That really means you’re not in your normal
state. For whatever reason, the picture there with
the dizzy head – you could feel dizzy because of a medical condition, such as vertigo or
hypoxia. You could feel dizzy because of medication. You just took a medication and it’s making
you dizzy. You could be dizzy because you hurt your head
and have a concussion. You could be dizzy because you haven’t slept
enough. You could be dizzy because you have taken
a substance that you’re not supposed to be taking, such as perhaps drinking too much
alcohol or ingesting cocaine. But you’re not in your normal attention capabilities. Now subconscious awareness – this is when
you’re thinking but you’re not aware that you’re thinking. So you’re thinking below the level of conscious
awareness. It’s similar to taking an idea, tossing it
the back of your mind, mulling it over even though you don’t know you’re mulling it over. That’s why there’s a picture of the thinking
with the brain in it. You’re thinking even though you don’t know
you’re thinking about it. If anyone in here has ever taken a test and
you’ve skipped a question, you read it. “I have no idea what this answer is,” and
then you decide to go on to other questions. When you come back and look at the test question
that you didn’t know the answer to, usually you have that “Oh, I know the answer” moment
because of subconscious awareness. You were thinking about the question that
you didn’t know the answer to even though you weren’t consciously aware that you were
thinking about the question that you needed to know the answer to. And then the last level of awareness is no
awareness. You have no connection to the internal. You have no connection to the external. This one is a particularly controversial topic
because it’s up for debate whether or not people in comas have any awareness. It’s up for debate whether or not during surgery
you have any awareness. During sleep, do you have any awareness? So, that one, understand, no connection to
the internal and no connection to the external. When it actually exists is gonna depend on
who you ask. Other than that, the levels of awareness – high,
lower, altered, subconscious awareness, and no awareness – all about the attention, where
it’s going, where it’s being focused. So, thank you. Bye bye.