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the part of the mind that is not in immediate awareness but can be consciously recalled with effort, one of the systems of Freud's topographic model of the mind.
In psychoanalysis, one of the three divisions of the psyche according to Freud's topographic psychology, the other two being the conscious and unconscious; includes all ideas, thoughts, past experiences, and other memory impressions that with effort can be consciously recalled. Compare: foreconscious.
preconscious/pre·con·scious/ (-kon´shus) the part of the mind not present in consciousness, but readily recalled into it.
The memories or feelings that are not part of one's immediate awareness but that can be recalled through conscious effort.
Etymology: L, prae, before, conscire, to be aware
1 adj, before the development of self-consciousness and self-awareness.
2 n, (in psychiatry) the mental function in which thoughts, ideas, emotions, or memories not in immediate awareness can be brought into the consciousness, usually through associations, without encountering any intrapsychic resistance or repression.
3 n, the mental phenomena capable of being recalled, although not present in the conscious mind.
preconsciousPsychiatry adjective Referring to thoughts that are not in immediate awareness but that can be recalled by conscious effort
psychoanalysis One of the three divisions of the psyche, the other two being the conscious and unconscious; includes all ideas, thoughts, past experiences, and other memory impressions that with effort can be consciously recalled.