|subconscious n. A psychiatric
term, replaced years ago, while my conscious mind was on something else,
by unconscious: The division of the psyche not subject of
direct observation but inferred from its effects on attitude and behavior.
ver notice how old photographs do not show smiling faces? The explanation bears on the subject at hand.
In the 19th Century, photographic emulsions were so slow, it was necessary for subjects to hold a pose for a minute or longer. Try maintaining a genuine smile for that long. Photographers back then knew the problem well. A forced smile initiated by a command ("say cheese") appears quickly and then fades, blurring the image. A prolonged smile takes practice (ask actors, flight attendants, candidates for public office). Some people never get the hang of it.
A primitive, unconscious force adjusts countenance to disposition. In religious parlance: "an outward visible sign of an inward spiritual truth."
So it's hard not to "betray" your attitude with your behavior. It takes energy. You dare not relax. Your unconscience is nagging: "Hey, brain, your face is trying to pull something out there." Not only that, but you must violate precepts taught in childhood. Does maturity necessarily mean renouncing genuine facial expressions? I think not.
Here's what I think: Behavior influences attitude as much as the other way around. How's that for a radical idea? Come on, there's always room for one more of those...
However much I deplore the The A-Word, I do not assert that attitude has nothing to do with behavior. Indeed, only during those moments when behavior matches attitude, will a person experience true happiness. Happiness, not necessarily the highest monetary rewards.
Don't get too content about paying taxes, though. Crackpot ideas have their limits.