A close friend, who is going through a mentally rough and disturbed period, just called me, and it made me come up with a question.
You call a close friend and someone picks up; but you're not sure from the voice whether it's your friend or someone with a similar voice, so your (sub)conscious faces a dilemma:
a) if it's a stranger I better not talk to them as a close friend because that could be embarrassing, so I should assume it's a stranger first and talk formally
b) if it's my friend, I better not talk to them formally as a stranger because that would be awkward, so I should assume it's my friend first and talk without façade
My question is: what, in the (sub)conscious, determines that choice for a given individual?