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 Post subject: No Right Brain, No Left Brain
PostPosted: Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:59 am 
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"Left-brained" and "right-brained" people are a myth according to a recent study. I find this a relief, actually. No more wondering why I'm so structured and anal-reten...I mean, detail-oriented...and yet creative at the same time.

Go, go, science!

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 Post subject: Re: No Right Brain, No Left Brain
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 8:48 am 
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I don't think it is bunk, I just think it is misnamed. The whole thing comes up with balance. Balance means we have a thought for every feeling and a feeling for every thought. That is important on the spiritual survival side of things.

A good example of being out of balance on one side or the other is, for instance, if Person A asks Person B why they do something a certain way, say why they set the table a certain way. Suppose Person B says, "I don't know...we've always done it this way, I guess."

That indicates that Person B is out of balance on the feeling or action side, the action being setting the table. But his thought side is incomplete. He knows that setting the table puts out the utensils for diners to use them to eat, but he doesn't know why to put them out in the order he has been taught. His take on it is..."we've always done it that way."

This thought doesn't take into consideration that it's an efficient way to place the cutlery...fork(s) on the left in ascending order according to use (small salad fork first, then dinner fork); knives on the right in ascending order from right to left also according to use (small butter knife, then large dinner knife closest to the plate -- sometimes butter knife is placed horizontally above the plate and sometimes it is placed on top of the bread and butter dish to the left of the forks)...spoon(s) are also placed according to use. It's not just etiquette, but laid out in a practical and time-saving method. With that last bit of information, the thought is now complete.

Just my 25...er...2 cents worth. :P

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 Post subject: Re: No Right Brain, No Left Brain
PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 12:31 am 
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Raya, I love your example and it makes so much sense. I have always heard the theories about right and left brain syndrome, as well. I recently completed my degree in psychology and we studied this a lot. What it boils down to is the way each individual learns. Some are more tactical, some are more verbal, visual, etc. In the same manner, some people question more while others are comfortable doing what they are told until they perform by rote. These are the "programmable" people where the ones that question everything tend to "self-program".

Individuals that are "balanced" as you stated, Raya, are more in tune with all areas of the brain and learning centers. Most individuals develop one area more than the other from constant usage. The old adage, "if you don't use it you lose it" applies here. The areas of the brain that are not consistently stimulated during the formative years will not be dominant in later years.

This is not to say people cannot re-learn to develop other areas of the brain. Recent studies have proven that stroke victims can "re-wire" the brain to learn to use other areas regulating the usage of muscles. In this manner, people can develop a creative as well as a tactical side with fairly even distribution. This always confused me, as well since I never fit the proposed mold of any theories. I was always the one fitting in more than one slot while the instructor insisted that was impossible. I guess they are finally figuring out what we have lived by example all this time.

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