Good Question!

It has been said that awareness is the first step on the continuum of positive change and that you can manage only what you bring to conscious awareness, what you can label and describe. How much of what you do is based on conscious, cognitive choice versus subconscious cellular memory? How do willpower and free will factor into the equation? These and other questions are being explored through research and the emerging information is fascinating, sometimes controversial, and quite often helpful.


This seminar is designed to discuss some of what is known about the brain versus the mind and the conscious versus the subconscious. It includes information on the role of willpower and how to use that brain faculty to your advantage. It presents the work of Daniel Wegner PhD related to the white bear phenomenon and its role in choice, along with the contributions of genetics and epigenetics. It concludes with a perspective on how free will may actually function.


This seminar can be presented in 50 minutes.


People who are interested in current information about conscious cognitive choice and how to use willpower and free will more effectively.  


Upon completion of the seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Explain briefly the difference between the brain and the mind
  • Describe the role of willpower
  • Define the white bear phenomenon
  • State one way in which free will may operate

Presented by Arlene R. Taylor PhD
Brain Function Specialist, Realizations Inc