In Why I Believe in Personal Immortality (1928), for example, he claimed that individual personalities persist after death as part of a larger whole, the whole being comprised of "perhaps a larger or more subliminal self
, parts of which may possibly be liable to some modified form of reincarnation hereafter.
Neither evolution nor heredity, Myers believed, shaped the nature of the subliminal self.
In Myers's view telekinesis was a variant of motor automatisms directed by the subliminal self (Vol.
English psychologist George Frederick Stout (1903) felt that many of the facts Myers presented to support his idea of the subliminal self could be explained in other ways.
These authors referred to the subliminal self as an important concept in psychical research.
The emphasis is on preconscious processing, a concept different from Myers's subliminal self.
Explorations of those sub-selves or independent cognitive systems that Hilgard (1986) has called the "hidden observer" in hypnosis, and that Watkins and Watkins (1986) referred to as ego states, could be related to the concept of the subliminal self or at least explored with that viewpoint in mind.