Watch: How Your Weird Subconscious Mind Might Look, Animated

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Sigmund Freud popularized the idea of the conscious vs. subconscious mind. He explained the conscious mind as being made up of all the mental processes of which we are aware. You feel hungry. You eat something.

The subconscious mind, however, contains biological instincts, forgotten memories, desire and urges for sex and aggression that must be buried because we live in an ordered world that forbids them from being expressed. We actually have no idea what is going on in our subconscious minds. It could even be too dangerous for us to access the things stored there without our clear knowledge.

From tattoos to killer whales, sleepy dogs and fireworks – animator Nate Milton wrote down any thought that left an impression on him for a period of three weeks. “I animated the list, and what it accidentally became was a stream-of-consciousness trek through my life,” says Milton.

Watch the freaky-cool result below:

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