Emotional Intelligence - Right versus Left Brain
Please read both of the below articles. I find it extremely interesting and so may many of you. And please, moderators, don't delete this post because of the two occurrences of the word "God". I don't think that it is a coincidence that I became knowledgeable about my latest, and only, forum warning seconds after I came across this information.
Since he has been on Earth, Man has had to face a dangerous environment. As population increased, the need arose to share knowledge and organize resources. Language and conceptual thinking developed in sophistication, with specialized brain centers becoming adapted for the task. Teaching of young people concentrated on this rational aspect of intellect, which is a left brain activity, and right brain functions (including intuitive and emotional processing) were no longer part of the masculine stereotype. But this limited form of intelligence has its problems. The Middle East conflict and many other events preceding and inevitably to follow, show that something is missing. The Western world is full of IQ teaching oriented to the left brain - rational and irrational focused thought processes, but not a single school for EQ (Emotional Intelligence) which fully encompasses and integrates right brain activity - non-verbal, holistic thought processes including emotions based on perception of real experience and holistic understanding and the resulting intuitive feelings.
Intelligence of the heart is lacking in our culture, so that all too often, instead of acting with integrated reason and feelings, we react with the emotional maturity of spoilt children. Instead of being recognized and understood consciously, emotions are supressed or resisted, giving them subconscious power. They then drive our behavior, and we use our rational intelligence to justify such behavior. Instead of conscious persons who understand why they feel and consequently behave as they do, we have become subconsciously driven and susceptible to cultural conditioning - even hypnosis and brainwashing. Our unempathetic and unethical behavior - and the corresponding lies and rationalizations that result - destroy our spiritual integrity.
In the whole of life, you have only two ways:
There is clearly a great need for an increased understanding and practice of Emotional Intelligence in our culture. In the world of business, factors that are really important to succeed in an ethical manner are dependent on EQ: the cooperation of employees, creativity and open-mindedness, understanding of another's point of view, ability to use empathy in negotiations, the quality of leadership and communication.
These factors are equally important in the running of schools, health services, local government and politics. They are an essential part of our personal and spiritual development and perhaps most importantly, they are principles that our children need to be taught.
The Intuitive Brain and ADD
ADDers are often said to be highly intuitive. What is intuition? First of all, it's not ESP, and it's not instinct, although the word intuition has historically been used that way. It's an extremely important and powerful form of non-linear intelligence, useful for deciphering patterns from chaotic situations.
I've run across several references to ADDers being highly intuitive, including "The Hidden Gifts of ADD" by Ned Hallowell, M.D. Intuition is form of subconscious intelligence possibly used by the right brain to discern complex patterns and relationships. It is highly underrated. All small children learn primarily through intuition, and at an extremely fast pace (gee, they also have short attention spans, are impulsive, and fidget a lot....hmmm). For example, they learn to speak complex sentences through "absorption," without having any understanding of grammar. Imagine if you had to teach every child language by explaining to them that each sentence must have a noun. You don't, because their subconscious biological computer called intuition has already figured that out, without the child's knowledge. Music is also learned intuitively. People cannot usually explain that the pattern of first, third and fifth notes on the scale has a pleasing sound to their ears because of the mathematical relationship of vibration wavelengths. But our subconscious intelligence knows these relationships. Small children given intense music lessons have sudden increases in their mathematical abilities.
A stereotypical ADD child is doing poorly in school and is a complete whiz on computers. Why? Partly because computers are best learned intuitively. Just sit down and start hitting buttons, and see what happens. Do it enough, and that subconscious intelligence starts picking up complex patterns and relationships. The intuitor begins to get an instinct for what to try next, while the average person with predominant sensory intelligence lacks this advantage and wants detailed written instructions or someone to teach them each new thing they do on the computer. I suspect this is one reason why intuitors are so over-represented on the internet.
Intuitors have differences in how they perceive and retain information. Their memories are often impressionistic and lacking detail. One ENTP intuitor described it this way:
My own personal example: In English Class, my peers were discussing a book we had all read. I couldn't remember the names of any characters or places, dates, or even the sequence of events which occurred in the story, and felt truly stupid. Granted, I had skimmed entire paragraphs in my rush to read the book at the last minute. OK, I skimmed some pages. Alright, I admit I completely skipped a few of the middle chapters, but the point is, I couldn't remember any detail and was mortified that everyone else could. But when our written summaries of the book were graded, the professor pulled me aside after class and said I was the only person in the class who really understood what the story was about . And he said he would have given me an A, but my spelling was horrible and my paper too sloppy. (I've been working on my spelling ever since.)
Left Brain vs. Right Brain
Both ADDers and highly creative individuals are thought to have differences in the left brain vs. right brain relationship.
Well, I like to speculate and have absolutely nothing to lose. So here's a list of right brain vs. left brain characteristics which I found on the Net. I'm told the list is partly popular conjecture and partly fact (the brain is really still a mystery). But lets run with it anyway, just for the shear fun of it .
Right Brain Traits:
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