And third there was Freud’s discovery of the “unconscious” – the idea that even though we claim to be in charge of our destinies, most of our behaviour is governed by a cauldron of motives and emotions which we are barely conscious of. Your conscious life, in short, is nothing but an elaborate post-hoc rationalisation of things you really do for other reasons.
So true. Yet makes me feel less in charge on life. Because why then try to rationalize your behavior instead of just going with the gut feeling? Seems like if the gut feeling will always win anyhow and the rationalization will be just a mere autopsia.