Harvard Mental Health Letter

Questions & answers

Q. What is the difference between the "unconscious" and the "subconscious?"

A. My close friend got caught up in a debate about these terms during a holiday dinner. And then he contacted me by e-mail when he discovered that it is hard to find a definition agreeable to all mental health professionals, let alone others — for example, neuroscientists or journalists — who also write about mental phenomena.

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