Climates are moods that because of their variability appear intermittently and can envelop the consciousness for a certain period of time, tinting all of the coordinator’s activities. Sometimes climates match the operations that are carried out and concomitantly accompany the coordinator without perturbing it, in which case they facilitate its work. But things do not happen like this, and instead, they create noise. These climates can become fixed in the psychism and perturb the entire structure, impeding mobility and easy displacement of the opportune climates. Fixed climates circulate through the different levels, and in this way they can pass from vigil to sleep, continue there, then return to vigil for a long period of time, reducing the coordinator’s operative freedom,. Another type of climate is the situational climate, which arises and obstructs appropriate responses to specific situations.
Tensions have a more physical, more corporal root, since it is the muscular system that intervenes, given that tensions are registered most directly in the musculature. The connection with the psychism is not always direct, because muscular relaxation is not always directly accompanied by a mental relax; rather the consciousness can continue having tensions and alteration, even though the body has already been able to relax. This difference between psychic and physical tensions allows us to establish more precise operative distinctions. Psychic tensions are linked to excessive expectations, in which the psychism is led on a search, a “waiting for something” that occasions powerful tensions.
Mental contents appear as formal objects of consciousness. They are compensatory forms that the consciousness organizes in order to respond to the world. This is how a correspondence emerges—or doesn’t emerge—between the activities or needs of the psychism and the contents that appear in the coordinator. If one is performing a mathematical operation, the appearance of numerical representations will be appropriate; but an allegorical figure will be inopportune and will act as noise and a focus of distraction. Aside from hampering the work being carried out, all factors of noise tend to provoke disorientation and energy dispersion. As long as the contents of consciousness are acting within the level of their formation, they have importance as significations for the coordinator; but when they leave their characteristic formal level, they obstruct the tasks of coordination.
The registers of calm states in vigil are also of great usefulness, since they are able to reestablish the normal flow of consciousness. In the case of climates that become fixed, there is an Operative procedure to transfer these climates from their corresponding images to others of less importance for the consciousness. In this way, climates can begin losing their fixedness, reducing vigilic perturbation. In synthesis: the four types of experiences we enumerated above are favorable factors if they are properly adapted to the coordinator’s operations. However, when they are inadequate because they do not correspond to such operations, they become factors of noise and distraction and alter the psychism.
Errors of the Coordinator
A distinction must be made between errors of the consciousness and errors of relationship between consciousness, senses and memory. We generically designate these last as “dysfunctions.” Hallucination is a typical error of the coordinator. It occurs when phenomena that have not arrived directly via the senses are experienced as if they were operating in the external world with all the characteristics of sensory perception. Here we are dealing with configurations made by the consciousness on the basis of memory. These hallucinations can arise during moments of extreme exhaustion, due to a deficiency of the substances necessary for cerebral metabolism; due to anoxia; to lack of stimuli (as in situations of sensory suppression); to the action of drugs; during “delirium tremens” caused by alcoholism; and also in life-threatening situations. They are frequent in cases of physical weakness and of “emotion ed consciousness,” in which the coordinator loses its powers of displacement in time. As examples of sense dysfunction, we can cite the inability to relate data coming from different sensory paths (the cases known as “eidetic disintegration”). Memory dysfunctions are registered as forgetting and blockage.
Integrated Circuit of Senses, Memory and Coordinator
The connectives between senses, memory and consciousness reveal important aspects of how the psychism functions. These connective circuits operate within a complex self-regulation. Thus, when the coordinator performs apperception of perception, evocation). is inhibited; and inversely, apperception of memory inhibits perception. While the external senses are acting, the entrance of internal stimuli is inhibited and vice-versa. There is maximum inter-regulation during the changes in the level of work, when, as sleep increases (or vigil diminishes), the reversibility mechanisms are blocked and the associative mechanisms are then powerfully released. On the other hand, when vigil augments and the critical mechanisms begin their work, they inhibit the associative mechanisms. There is also automatic inter-regulation between the senses: when sight expands its average threshold, the sense thresholds of touch , smell and hearing are reduced, and this happens in all the senses for example, people tend to close their eyes in order to hear better).
Impulses coming from the senses and the memory that reach the coordinator are transformed into representations. These structures of perception and evocation are then processed in order to elaborate effective responses in the work of achieving equilibrium between the internal and external environments. Thus, for example, whereas a reverie is an elaboration-response to the internal environment, a motor displacement is a movement-response to the external environment; or in the case of representations, an ideation taken to the level of signs is yet another type of representation-response to the external environment.
On the other hand, any representation that is placed in the coordinator’s field of presence triggers associative chains between the object and its copresence. Thus, while the object is captured with detailed precision in the field of presence, relations appear in the field of copresence with other objects, which, though not present, are linked, to the first. One notes the importance of the fields of presence and copresence in the translation of impulses as in the case of allegorical translation, in which much raw material comes from data that have reached the copresence of vigil.
A study of the impulses is important because of the special work that the coordinator does with representations. There are two possible pathways: the abstractive path, which operates by reducing phenomenal multiplicity down to its essential characters; and the associative path, which structures the representations over the basis of similitude, contiguity and contrast.
These pathways of abstraction and association are the foundation over which forms are structured. These forms are connectives between the consciousness. that constitutes them, and the phenomena of the objectal world that they are referred to.