applied introspection

I model my mind as having two kinds of parts. The one kind I lump into my effortful mind, which is the part that ponders, observes, strives, and everything else that expends mental effort. The other kind I lump into my automatic mind1, which does pretty much everthing else. That second kind of parts pretty much run my life; perhaps the effortful mind is a rider upon a partially trained elephant, the automatic mind, and sometimes the rider can direct the elephant successfully, and sometimes the rider is asleep, and sometimes the rider points one way and the elephant pays no mind at all.