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This article entitled “subliminal definition” aims to once and for all define the term subliminal, and its associated vocabulary (If you have any questions or there is any other terms you would like defined then please leave a comment and we will add to this list, or of course, feel free to contact us):

Subliminal = Is made from the Latin words sub which means under, and limen, which means threshold. So literally translated it means below threshold. In modern society it has come to describe any message designed to pass below the regular limits of the human mind i.e. below the levels of our conscious perception.

Subliminal Messages = To elaborate on from the subliminal definition above subliminal messages can be  flashed text or images on a tv screen / computer or are also commonly found as embedded sounds in audio format – either as sounds above the limits of human hearing, or through subliminal backmasking:

Subliminal Backmasking = Where a message is embedded in audio format and can’t be heard consciously when the audio is played normally – however when played backwards the message is revealed. Even this backwards message can be decoded by your unconscious mind, and made use of

Subliminal Suggestion = Often used to describe a suggestion a hypnotist may make to you while in a trance, but can be used to describe any transmission of information which subtly / subliminally tries to induce behavior. This could be in regular waking conversation with a friend or colleague, through the use of leading questions, positive talking.

Subliminal Persuasion = Similar to subliminal suggestion, but perhaps with more manipulative intention. Where the suggestions are used by sales people to try and persuade you to buy, and likewise with advertising – both TV commercials or magazines / billboards – commonly the suggestion hints at Sex – to try and stimulate your mind and make the advert more memorable.

Subliminal Hynposis = Officially this is where you enter a mini-trance state without your knowledge – we are going in and out of trances all day, reading, daydreaming, watching tv, and even driving all put us into different states of consciousness. This is more complex – for more information please view our entire post on subliminal hypnosis.

Subliminal Learning = The phenomenon where via subliminal messages conscious learning takes place. Eventually the messages build and spill over from the subconscious into the conscious mind and learning takes place – which could be anything from increased memory, ability to learn a foreign language, or “learning” such as self esteem development / confidence boosts.

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