Subconscious Definition | Psychology

The subconscious is the part of a human’s mind that isn’t fully aware but does have an influence on our behavior. We often think of our subconscious as being dormant and waiting in the background while our focus does most of the work. But it’s merely a function of how our brains actually work. We cannot possibly use all of our knowledge in focus simultaneously, so part of our brains is used to store memories and other information. Psychologist Pierre Janet first came up with the term. Information and ideas in the subconscious can’t be recalled too easily as they are deep in our minds.