Wrong Way Brain: Reflections on and about a Left-Brain Society

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AuthorHouse, Dec 29, 2005 - Reference - 124 pages
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When more is known about the characteristics of the metaphorical right and left hemispheres of the Neocortex, we may begin to make different choices in how we deal with forming the fabric of our lives. We complain a lot about our "left-brain" society, but seem to feel helpless to change it. More knowledge about the gifts of the silent right hemisphere can make some subtle--and profound--changes.

The essays in this little book cover a wide range of topics, from a critique of the treatment of mental illness to an appreciation of the intelligence of animals—and a lot in between. The right hemisphere has the kind of intelligence that sees the whole picture. The left brain has been developed as a tool, and we seem to have put the tool in charge. We don''t have to lose any of the gifts that the left hemisphere gives us--we can still take advantage of all our words and all our numbers and all our machines, but our focus can be changed enough to make a difference, and to create a less stressful, more natural, environment.

As more knowledge of hemispheric differences has become known, more and more books have come out extolling the virtues of the right hemisphere. The essays in this book are based on a belief that the right brain should not only be appreciated more, but that it should be in charge, because it is the hemisphere that sees the whole picture.

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My credentials as an author come out of my history. My first writing course was during my time at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. And I fell in love with New York during my Antioch co-op job as secretary to the director of Mount Sinai Hospital.

My doctoral dissertation from the University without Walls, The Union Institute, was "The A, B, C, D and E of the Unfolding of the Unconscious." (Attitude, Brain, Consciousness, Dream and Evolution.) Two Internships were a part of my doctoral program, one with Dr. Montague Ullman on Dreams; the other with Ned Herrmann of The Whole Brain Corporation, learning how to determine which thinking style (right or left hemisphere) is favored by any particular individual.

For more than thirty years I have had a private practice in psychotherapy, psychoanalytically, humanistically and existentially oriented. Over the years I have learned that it is the right hemisphere that has important healing qualities.

For many years my office was in Manhattan, and during this time a talk on "Hemispheres on the Brain" was given at the 92nd Street Y. Also during those years I spent as much time as I could in the New York Public Library; and at least equivalent time in Central Park, playing tennis, bird watching and bicycle riding--also concert-going.

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