De-Armoring | Unconscious versus Subconscious Emotions and Trauma

Published: Jun 10, 2024 | Revised: Jun 12, 2024
Edited by: Marce Ferreira

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Body De-Armoring predominantly aims at bringing repressed and/or suppressed emotions and trauma to the surface. That is, De-Armoring deliberately works on making certain unwanted emotional and mental content come out of their “hiding place” so that a person can face them through full awareness, process them in an appropriate manner, and finally “flush them out of their system” i.e. release them.

It means that through De-Armoring a person can become fully aware of repressed and/or suppressed emotional and mental content, know their impact on body and mind, and become able to “live with it” harmoniously, without being physically, emotionally, or mentally disturbed by them, neither on a conscious, subconscious, nor unconscious level. A person has then resolved certain body-trapped emotions and trauma, and has found closure.

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Just like the terms repression and suppression are often used loosely and interchangeably — but actually mean something different — so are the terms unconscious and subconscious often used as synonyms (even by psychologists and psychoanalysts), while likewise not exactly being the same thing.

The unconscious mind is thought to include emotional and mental processes of which we are not aware. They are there, they have their influence on us and occur or act automatically, but we don’t know about them and cannot bring them deliberately into our conscious awareness, except through special (externally applied) techniques such as used in Psychoanalysis, Hypnosis, or Body De-Armoring, and other treatments or practices.

Hence, the unconscious mind is closely related to the phenomenon of repression. In fact, repression could be said to be the act of consciously or unconsciously pushing emotional, mental and traumatic content into the unconscious part of our mind.

By contrast, the content of the subconscious mind is accessible (or can resurface) either through (intentional or unintentional) association or by deliberately recalling it by setting one’s attention to it. However, subconscious content is typically not present in one’s immediate or day-to-day awareness.

The subconscious mind is rather related to suppression. Suppressed emotional and mental content has been consciously or unconsciously pushed to the background, that is, to the subconscious part of the mind, but it can more easily resurface on a conscious awareness level compared to content locked in the unconscious mind.

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