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Automatic Processes

Definition

Automatic processes are unconscious practices that happen quickly, do not require attention, and cannot be avoided.

Analysis

Imagine you are driving a very familiar route, such as your daily route to school, the university, or your work. You mindlessly drive along various familiar roads and upon arrival, a friend asks you, “Did you see there's a new DVD/video store on the square near the church?” You did pass this square, as you always do, but you didn't notice the new store, and you answer, “Oh, I was thinking about our upcoming exam, I didn't even see the square, let alone the new store.”

From a psychological viewpoint, something very interesting happened here. How can you drive safely and negotiate traffic without consciously noticing where you are? Let's face ...

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