Fiction, Poetry and Writing Prompts. Victoria is an accomplished writer and poet. A second novel is in process.
James was the first to describe consciousness as a stream — a continuous succession of experiences. He saw the most significant function of consciousness to be the role it played in selecting what to pay attention to.
James saw the stream of consciousness as an unending parade of thoughts, feelings, images, ideas, sensations, conceptions, emotions, etc. In fact, he postulated, if each of our experiences was truly unique and separate from that which came before we would live in a chaos of random disconnected experience.
Instead of this chaos, our experience is a stream of consciousness in which the last thought we had is recognized to be part of a stream that our current thought is also a part of. In fact, all of our thoughts, yesterday and everyday are recognized to be part of that same river of awareness. In this way, our present experience is always most obvious to us, but the tail end of the last few experiences that we had are still trailing off and the leading edge of our next few experiences are already entering into our awareness.
Thinking is a goal oriented process and, as James envisioned it, a great deal of what propels our thinking forward is the feeling of satisfaction that we get as we perceive our next thought taking us closer to our goal.
There are three reasons that I feel this conception adds something to our conversation. The first is that it is yet another example of a view of reality that is founded on inherent continuity — or oneness. The second is that it calls to mind an image of psychology that I find very compelling.
James envisions that we are all aware of a process of cognition and perception that can largely go on without us. We mistakenly see ourselves as the guiding force of that process, when in fact much of it — if not all of it — is a completely automated process being led by our desire to experience the satisfaction of believing that our thoughts are leading us somewhere.
Personally, James was a believer in freewill. At the moment of epiphany that many believe was the guiding insight of his life, James discovered that belief was a choice and that the first thing he would choose to believe in was freewill. He concludes that we are not automatons, that we are a selecting organ.
While we may not consciously select what object initially appears in our awareness, we do choose to either hold that object with our attention or not once it appears.
I was never satisfied with our earlier discussion of freewill and have continued to think about it since then. I am ready — or almost ready — to dive into that once again.James saw the stream of consciousness as an unending parade of thoughts, feelings, images, ideas, sensations, conceptions, emotions, etc.
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This sort of stream of consciousness is about the only stylistic continuity between all fifteen narrators of As I Lay Dying. Faulkner personalizes the language and style used by each character, and of course each particular style tells us more about each particular character.
Stream of consciousness is a special mode of narration that undertakes to capture the full spectrum and the continuous flow of a character’s mental process, where sense perception mingle with conscious and half-conscious thoughts and memories, experiences, feelings and random associates.
Kaydell Brown NVQ3 Assignment Av a/b A GUIDE. Oct 09, · How to Write Stream Of Consciousness. In this Article: Article Summary Sample Freewrites Writing Stream of Consciousness Using Freewriting as Practice Community Q&A One way to cultivate your emotional and poetic mind, and to improve your writing skills in general, is to write in the stream-of-consciousness style%(37).
Stream of Consciousness Definition Stream of Consciousness is a style of writing, where the narrator seems to be putting down his thoughts, unedited, as quickly as they come into his head.
It is a pure first person. Assignment: The Internal Dialogue Admit it, you talk to yourself. I talk to myself all the time.