The Three Amigos – left hemisphere, right hemisphere, senses – give us our sense of “reality”.
Your brain’s cortex is divided into two hemispheres – right and left. According to Orrin Devinsky, MD, professor of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery and Director of the NYU Epilepsy Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, the right hemisphere of the brain dominates self recognition, emotional familiarity and ego boundaries. The job of the left hemisphere is to make sense out of sensual input and information from the right hemisphere – it is the story teller.
There is a complicated interaction between right hemisphere, left hemisphere, your senses, and the animal brain within you. Theories abound as to just how that interaction occurs. Recently, Dr. Devinsky conducted a review of many studies of hemispheric interaction in an attempt to better understand this interaction – focusing on right hemisphere lesions and left hemisphere delusions.
“…delusions result from the loss of these [right hemisphere] functions as well as the over activation of the left hemisphere and its language structures, that ‘create a story’, a story which cannot be edited and modified to account for reality. Delusions result from right hemisphere lesions, but it is the left hemisphere that is deluded.” Lesions in the right hemisphere can cause delusions as the left hemisphere goes to work making sense of distorted identity and emotional information it gets from the injured right hemisphere.
10 things I found most useful to me in my own personal journey of transformation:
Rapid Eye Technology (with their Life Skills classes) – I took the course, taught the classes, taught the processes, and helped develop some of the model. Especially useful to me was the concept of proxy – processing for and in behalf of someone else – amazingly powerful and useful in bringing home the concept of personal responsibility for life. The RET course is a life-transforming process in and of itself.
Mind Machines – I bought my first one in 1989 (a Voyager) – see my favorite models at The Zen Pear. I found the experience entertaining and during meditation, the dazzling light show transported me into transcendent ecstasy. Very powerful for me.
Yoga Nidra – teachings etc. from Swami Satyananda – this is a meditation process that is very powerful – so much so that I built one of my audio imageries around it – the Center of Creation imagery.
A couple of very powerful classes offered by L&L Heartway (www.llheartway.com). These two women drew the heart out of me and showed me how good it is. I recommend their Personal Power and Creating Closeness weekend classes. Continue reading →
Increased well-being from an £800 course of therapy was so large that it would take a pay rise of over £25,000 to achieve an equivalent increase in well-being.
Research by Chris Boyce of the University of Warwick and Alex Wood of the University of Manchester in the UK finds that psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money. After comparing large data sets of thousands of people, they showed that the increase in well-being from an £800 course of therapy was so large that it would take a pay rise of over £25,000 to achieve an equivalent increase in well-being.
Over the last 50 years developed countries have not seen any increases to national happiness in spite of huge economic gains. Mental health on the other hand appears to be deteriorating worldwide.
Chris Boyce: “We have shown that psychological therapy could be much more cost effective than financial compensation at alleviating psychological distress. This is not only important in courts of law, where huge financial awards are the default way in which pain and suffering are compensated, but has wider implications for public health and well-being.”
Whew! 15 years of work! Although this is book #5 for me, it was the most difficult to write – because it’s about ME and MY thinking errors (don’t you just love self-disclosure?!). The publisher says that if you use the code MVY7M9SU they will knock off $3. That’s about 20%. Nice!
Some Common Thinking Errors and What to Do About Them
Authored by Joseph Bennette
A critical look into how our magnificent brains can help us make the most of our lives – and get us into deep trouble. Fortunately, thanks to our big brains we have the capability to solve our own thinking errors – once we know what those errors are. Explore some common thinking errors and what you can do to prevent or correct them. From the introduction:Continue reading →