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The science of how half the brain stops us using the whole brain

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The hardest part, for most of us, to using the brain to its full potential ... is stopping the left brain from inhibiting access to the right brain.

We know from science that the hardest part, for most of us, to using the brain to its full potential ... is stopping the left brain from inhibiting access to the right brain. When the job at hand is using the left brain to focus onto the details to do things correctly the left brain struggles with any reasoning that justifies using the right brain‘s ability to imagine other ways.

If we practice to much, if we measure to much, if we monitor to much, we know from science that we are making it easier for the left brain to inhibit access to the right brain. And everyone, even the very best of us, needs access to the whole brain to achieve full potential.


None of us can perform to anything like our potential if we only use the left side of the brain

If a number of the statements below make sense to you the left brain may be inhibiting access to the right brain.


  • Everything has to make sense to me before I do anything.


  • The only way I can improve is learn how to make fewer mistakes.


  • When I don't know what to do, I often do what others do. That way, when it goes wrong, it can’t be my fault because I did what others do.


  • I am surprised when people get angry with me because I am just doing what needs to be done correctly.


  • I show I care by always correctly doing what I am asked.


  • I get angry when others don't do as they say.


  • It’s always the fault of others.


Sometimes we need to trust our own intuition and step away from what others do and try things we don't know will work. How else do we bring into view what we can’t currently see?

The left brain only sees what makes sense to it. The left brain only does what it thinks it can do correctly. The left brain sees all mistakes as a failure. But, it is a simple truth that none of us knows everything. Every single one of us is missing something. Every single one of us can create, discover and invent something that we didn’t know ... we didn’t know.


Sometimes we need to trust our own intuition and step away from what others do and try things we don't know will work. How else do we bring into view what we can’t currently see? When we know what we are doing we tend to make fewer mistakes so most mistakes are opportunities to discover things we didn’t know, we didn't know. We need both sides of the brain for everything we do.


Instead of giving the left brain a false sense of certainty, it is far better to make sure we use both sides of the brain.

The left brain needs things to make sense to correctly do what needs to be done. When nothing makes sense it is easy for the left brain to despair about what to do. To avoid feeling helpless and hopeless the left brain narrows its focus onto one thing, one certainty, one anchor around which the left brain orders, boxes and prioritizes the world. What can't be put in a box is then ignored. The wider picture is forgotten. It doesn’t exist. But this is artificial. It's made up. It’s not true. It's unkind.


The world is complex, interlinked and uncertain. There is no single issue around which everything makes sense. There is always a bigger picture. This complexity means any actions taken around a single issue, ignoring the wider context in which these actions are taken, is very likely to be destructive in other areas of our lives.


Instead of giving the left brain a false sense of certainty, it is far better to make sure we use both sides of the brain. To use the brain to its full potential. To use the brain in the way science says it has evolved to be used. When we use both sides of the brain where ever life takes us it will eventually be better than where we are now.


The science is clear. We need to use both sides of the brain for everything we do.

None of us can perform to anything like our potential if we only use the left side of the brain. To much practice, to much measurement, to much monitoring can trap us in the left side of the brain and we will fail to reach our potential.


Any questions are welcome @ Jon.Thorne@LifeSkills.club


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