Do our waking thoughts always control out actions? The answer is no. The subconscious can play a vital role in how our conscious behavior acts.
The subconscious mind power remains a truly mysterious entity to many people. The reason for that is most people simply are not aware of what is going on in their subconscious. The mere fact they need to attend to the forefront of their consciousness keeps them from ever exploring what exists below the proverbial surface. This is neither a good thing nor a bad thing. It is just how the human mind will operate.
Then again, in some instances, it can be good or bad. A person suffering from traumatic memories may wish such memories fades to the recesses of the mind as opposed to the forefront. Who would wish to relive traumatic events day in and day out for years on end? For some, this is a very real issue and one that needs to be addressed. Returning such memories to the recesses of the mind would be a wise plan.
However, it can also be a bad thing that such memories exist in the subconscious when they are fully guiding how you act in the present without knowing the extent in which they are guiding decisions. For example, a 40 year old man could have enormous problems with superiors on a job. Such clashes have been a long standing problem in his career for two decades. Why does he not make the necessary changes to his attitude? On a deep psychological level, this could be a response to incidents that occurred a long time ago. A child that had to deal with overbearing parents or authority figures very early in life could possibly hold such feelings deep in the subconscious where the feelings are seemingly buried. This leads to an automated response of resentment towards authority figures that could manifest in personal actions or interrelations later in life.
And this can occur at a time so far removed from childhood that the reasons behind such seemingly untoward actions are buried. The problem here is obvious: the adult does not accept any responsibility for his part in the troubled relationships because his mind is “hardwired” to clash with those authority figures he resents. Obviously, the people such a person may be dealing with in the present have nothing to do with what occurred in the past. In fact, their actions may be miniscule in terms of any actual threat to the person. Yet, attitudes towards superiors could prove to be outright insubordinate. Again, this would be a stimulus response against those figures in which the person may resent in the past.