Why Does Bob Proctor Touch His Face When He Talks About the Mind?
Bob Proctor is a self help and prosperity teacher who’s been speaking at seminars and conferences since the 1970s. He was mentored by Earl Nightingale and Lloyd Conant back in that era, and he was featured in the huge hit movie and book The Secret in 2006 – which re-popularized the idea of the Law of Attraction.
When I first began studying Bob’s material in December of 2018, I noticed several times that he touches his face, his cheeks or his jaw every now and then as he speaks. I thought it was a little quirky that he did that. Anyway, I quickly dropped the issue from my mind because it didn’t seem significant at the time.
Why does Bob Proctor always touch the lower half of his head instead of the top of his head or forehead when discussing the mind?
Is there any meaning behind it?
I think there is.
Where Is Your Mind Located?
Most people touch their forehead or temple in the upper part of their head when referring to the mind. But not Bob. He touches his face, his cheeks and even his jaw – all of which are much lower on the head. I don’t know for sure if Bob is doing this intentionally or subconsciously, but I do think that his hand gestures make sense when you look at how Bob understands the human mind.
Bob often says that your mind isn’t in your brain any more than it’s in your fingernail. Rather, the mind is more of a spiritual activity than a physical object in a physical location. Still, he does think of a picture representation when he thinks of the mind and even when he thinks of himself or a person standing in front of him.
Bob uses this stick figure diagram to refer to the human mind in all of his presentations. He learned this concept from Dr. Thurman Fleet, who created this image way back nearly a century ago.
The large circle/head represents the mind, and it’s divided into the conscious mind and the subconscious (unconscious) mind. I won’t go into detail about all that right now, but here’s a video you can watch later…
It’s the Subconscious
If you’ve studied much of Bob Proctor’s material over the past 50 years, then you know that the subconscious mind is his real focus because that’s where your self image, paradigms and habits reside. That’s where the magic happens – in your subconscious mind. Nearly all of our behavior is controlled by the subconscious mind as we go through our daily activities.
So when Bob is gesturing to his face, cheek or jaw, he’s actually pointing toward his subconscious mind – not physically, but representationally in accordance with the stick figure diagram.
Okay, so there’s nothing really earth-shattering about this topic. It’s just a weird little idea that struck me recently as I was watching one of his videos, and I thought I’d share it in case anyone else ever wondered about it.