Right-Brain – Left-Brain– Part 3*
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1-The Rise of the Right Brain
Current research shows that children between age zero – 3 are genius, and at this age they are right brainers. It is a known fact that the right brain functions at a much higher processing speed than left brain. The left brain specializes in text while the right hemisphere specializes in context. The right brain is who we are at our core. We should try to understand our core as completely as possible.
Einstein did credit his great scientific insights to right-brain highly creative daydreaming rather than to left-brain logic. The right side of the brain is responsible for creating many skills such as intuition, empathy, creative thinking and pattern recognition. One of the activities of the right brain is sex. The fourth brain circuit, the sexual circuit is located in the right brain. When this brain circuit is activated, chemical stuff are released in the body and brain which are highly healing, inspirational, and energizing. Because of our current educational systems, we have been taught to learn and think “rationally & logically”. This continuous activation of the left brain, made us become left-brainer. It is interesting to realize that recent studies in the US, show that students have 40% less empathy than 30 years ago.
In recent years, substantial research has proved the importance of the right brain in our daily lives. Many experts and authors began to recognize and write about the need to activate more the right brain. Daniel Pink is one of those experts that predict the rise of the right brain in order to meet the new requirements of the business world. In his best selling book: A Whole New Mind: Moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age, the book that was translated to 20 languages, he argues that we are entering what Pink calls the third industrial revolution. The book was valuable enough to Oprah Winfrey, that she purchased 4500 copies and gave one copy for each student graduating in Stanford’s class of 2008. Pink says that the right brain will be the engine of the American economy. The following paragraphs are taken from his book: We are living in a different era, a different age. An age in which those who think at a higher level, offering location-dependent, ‘high touch’ services will be in greater demand than ever before. Contrast this to 1973, when a bachelor’s degree was a rarity and just 47% of high school graduates went on to college. By October 2008, that number had risen to nearly 70%. And being in the top 70% isn't in the top at all. The statistics demonstrate the relationship between oversupply and graduate unemployment. In the United States, a record 10.6% of recent graduates are unemployed. Left-brain abilities that used to guarantee jobs are becoming easier to automate, while right-brain abilities are harder to find – “design, seeing the big picture, connecting the dots,” are the abilities that develop new, marketable products and services. In order to thrive in this new era of abundance of cheap processing capabilities, we must acquire a new set of skills. These skills are usually associated with “right brain characteristics”, such as holistic thinking, synthesis, intuition, estimation and emotional literacy
High-touch-, not high-tech–skills are required.
Pink notes that companies today are facing different kind of challenges such as the slipping significance of degrees, automation and outsourcing of traditional white-collar jobs and the increasing competition for rare and unique, ‘high touch’, right-brainers. Companies began today to differentiate themselves with creative products and services. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind. "The era of 'left-brain' dominance, and the information age that it engendered, is giving way to a new world in which creative and holistic 'right brain' abilities mark the fault line between who gets ahead and who falls behind. Success will now be based on six aptitudes (or senses): Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning. This new age values “the capacity to detect patterns and opportunities, to create artistic and emotional beauty, to craft a satisfying narrative, and to combine seemingly unrelated ideas into something new.”
2- The Right Brain and Learning
The left brain is considered as the Academic brain, and research shows that left brain children do well at school, and sometimes even better than right brain children. Left brain students respond well to formal learning, and are happy to study by themselves with good concentration. Right brain children respond better to informal settings and like to study with company. As creativity is based in the right brain, educators began to realize the importance of right-brain thinking, and learning methods. Many recent studies show that learning can improve significantly when teachers have students integrate both sides of their brain in a lesson. This has created a new trend towards right-brain learning systems. A new system is called the right-brain education. It is a way of raising children so that they can tap into and maintain the potential of their amazing right brain and combine it with the power of the left brain. It is based on the element of love. It is mainly geared towards children aged 0- 6. Another trend is the Right Brain Initiative which is a community partnership that connects schools with teaching artists. Teachers and artists work together to design classroom experiences that connect the arts with other subjects.
Accelerated learning systems, developed by Colin Rose and others are gaining wider recognition. Mind maps developed by Tony Buzan are also among the most popular tools for right-brain learning.
All of these right-brain learning systems use methods to activate the right brain by visual images, colored texts, metaphors, imagination, analogies, & non-verbal signals. Therefore, classrooms use teaching based on group exercises, diagrams and role plays.
Nowadays, not activating your right brain enough can hinder not only your business performance but also your personal life. Not only our educational systems have made us more left-brainer, but even our current lifestyles and working environments have played a big role in that direction. We strongly need to balance our lives by adopting and using right-brain tools. We need to balance our need to work so as to get our living and to be able to relax more so as to enjoy more our life. This can be done by right brain activation techniques.
Please join me in my next article about Right-Brain techniques.