The article argues that we should not assume we are aware of most of the important influences on our behavior and judgments, and to accept that there are influences we do not know about. Only then would one have a chance at counteracting those influences and regaining control. At the same time, however, we can be reassured by the knowledge that these automatic influences over us are typically benign, and help keep us in touch with our present circumstances while our conscious mind is time-traveling into the past (memory) or the future (planning).
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Dr. John A. Bargh is professor in the department of Psychology at Yale University.
Erin L. Williams is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology at Yale University.
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