The subconscious is a powerful force that lies just beneath the surface of our conscious mind. It is often compared to an iceberg, with the conscious mind being the tip of the iceberg and the subconscious being everything below the surface. Subconscious behavior is any action that we do without having to think about it, such as breathing or blinking. It can also be negative habits that we exhibit without thinking, such as biting our nails when we're nervous or overeating at a buffet.
Understanding how your subconscious works is key to adopting new healthy thoughts and habits. Your subconscious mind is like a field, your thinking is like a seed, and the habits it produces are like fruits (good or bad). To change these habits and improve your life, you must understand the difference between your conscious and subconscious minds. Examples of subconscious behavior in action include driving a car and chatting with passengers at the same time, or being able to define processing pathways for subtle concepts like subconscious thinking.
The power of the subconscious has been explored in New Age and self-help literature, where researching or controlling one's knowledge or power is seen as advantageous. Psychologists and psychiatrists use the term unconscious in traditional practices, while New Age literature often uses the term subconscious. To improve your subconscious, you must replace bad thoughts with positive ones. Your subconscious will go out of its way to make you feel better, but it needs time to absorb information and override data once it's been absorbed.
Although not everyone has access to research laboratories or sufficient funding to conduct studies on the power of the subconscious mind, there are still ways to harness its power. To do this, you must have clarity of purpose and determine what matters most to you.