"How do we go about discerning what forces are driving us? I think these questions may help you personalize this otherwise abstract concept. When we consider who we are, and what we are doing, how often do we really probe why we are doing what we do? I may think I am performing a series of good acts, however defined by our time and place and level of awareness, but maybe they are simply conditioned behaviors. Sometimes they may be coming from co-dependent places, or fear-driven places. When we challenge our deeper motives we find rationalizations readily available to ratify, legitimize, perpetuate those behaviors. So, the first place to start probing what is going on in the unconscious begins here:"