Our brains are not a single ball shape mass of muscle tissue. It is comprised of 3 main parts: the cerebrum, cerebellum and brainstem. The cerebrum is the largest area of the brain that contains the left hemisphere and right hemisphere divided equally by a bundle of fibers called the corpus callosum which transmits messages from one hemisphere to the other. It's he cerebrum that performs functions such as interpreting touch, vision, hearing, speech, reasoning, emotions, and learning. However, not all functions of the cerebrum are shared between the hemispheres. In general, the left hemisphere controls speech, comprehension, logic, arithmetic and writing. The right hemisphere controls our emotions, creativity, spatial ability, music and artistic skills.
Many people believe we function predominantly by one hemisphere more than the other, and science used to believe it too. What we now know is our brain hemispheres cycle by way of ultradian rhythms, and not just during sleep but also while we're awake. These cycles of alternating cerebral hemispheric activity or lateralized cognitive performance has a lot to do with how we conceptualize, reason and make sense of the daily occurrences in our lives. As our brains alternate in dominance (about every 90 min while awake) between the left hemisphere, which predominantly controls tasks pertaining to logic, analytical thought, memory and reasoning and the right hemisphere which predominantly controls tasks relating to creativity, emotion, security and imagination, which ever hemisphere is domanant at a given time can determine our response to situations. It's whether our left or right brain hemisphere is most active when certain drama, upset or trauma happens in our lives that determines it's affect on us. Here's an example:
Johnny is 12 years old. Riding his bike on his way home from school one day, he's passed by a car full of teenagers that throw a soda can from the car window striking Johnny causing him to fall off his bike and scratch his knee. Now whether Johnny's left or right hemisphere is currently dominant will determine what will happen next. If his left hemisphere is most dominant, he will probably brush himself off, pick up his bike, walk it home, fix himself a sandwich and go to a friend's house like he usually does and chalk the situation up to just a careless accident. But, if his right hemisphere happens to be more dominant he's liable to leave the bike, run home, skip the sandwich and not go to his friend's house and instead hide under his bed because the teenagers are probably looking for him wanting to cause him more harm.
The real issue with brain dominance happens when small traumatic situations stay with us and interrupt our lives. In this example it is clearly a case when the right hemisphere is dominant and an otherwise seemingly unimportant occurance becomes a threatening situation fully of emotion. But there's also times when dominance of the left hemisphere can leave lasting problems in a person's life, what if because of a person's cognitive brain dominance that they tend to "see" their life and everyone else's with only strict lenear logic, unable to see another point of view, stuck in their life without any ability to be flexible or creative. This could lead a person to feel alienated and unable to move ahead in life.
This is where Life Strategy Coaching with Laurie at Transformation Coaching & Wellness Center can help. By exploring a person's brain dominance and life situations, change, sometimes immediate change, can bring about positive lasting results. It's a method through talk coaching and simple mind exercises that can help a person retrieve memories or current situations and look at them through the opposite brain hemisphere to find solutions. It's a simple but powerful technique that has the ability to change lives.
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