Why We Need the Left AND Right Brain!

“𝘚𝘜𝘊𝘒 𝘐𝘛 𝘜𝘗! 𝘓𝘐𝘍𝘌’𝘚 𝘛𝘖𝘜𝘎𝘏!” 😡

“𝘠𝘖𝘜’𝘙𝘌 𝘚𝘜𝘊𝘏 𝘈 𝘚𝘕𝘖𝘞𝘍𝘓𝘈𝘒𝘌!” 😡

“𝘐 𝘏𝘈𝘋 𝘈 𝘙𝘖𝘜𝘎𝘏 𝘊𝘏𝘐𝘓𝘋𝘏𝘖𝘖𝘋 𝘛𝘖𝘖! 𝘚𝘛𝘖𝘗 𝘞𝘏𝘐𝘕𝘐𝘕𝘎!” 😡

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There’s a great quote by Benjamin Franklin that says: “𝘈 𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 𝘰𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭.” In other words, trying to prove someone wrong is often self-defeating. 👍

But we’ve all done it before, including myself! 😅

Sure, you can use brute force and intimidation to make someone change their mind in the short-term, but it doesn’t mean they’re going to hold onto it in the long-term. 🙌

As a child, I was raised in an environment where I was encouraged to be open about how I felt and to express my emotions. It was not frowned upon me as a boy to cry or to be in touch with how I felt.

But when it came to being a teenager though I started developing more of a shell, started leaning more towards embracing the left side of my brain: rationality, logic, science, and critical thinking. I saw how life could be tough (e.g. middle school bullying) and that emotions could be seen more as “weakness” than a strength.

𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬, 𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭𝐬𝐨𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫. 𝐑𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐥𝐩 𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬, 𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐚 𝐭𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐳𝐞 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐲. 😮

But today…I embrace both parts of me, the left AND right brain. While I don’t place an equivalency between the 2 parts (not 50-50), I so believe they’re both important to acknowledge and to understand each of their benefits.

𝐘𝐞𝐬, 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐚 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞! 🧠

It was even Zig Zigler who said: “𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴. 𝘞𝘦 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘣𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴.” So to deny one’s own emotions is to deny a part of our evolutionary being.

But for those of us who have mastered the left sides of their brains, I give you a lot of recognition. It takes time and discipline to develop those skills all while continuously setting aside your primal emotions and monkey mind! 💯

After all, we weren’t as babies openly thinking to ourselves: “𝘞𝘢𝘪𝘵 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵! 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘪𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘤𝘳𝘺𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩. 𝘐𝘧 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘢𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘮𝘦𝘵, 𝘐 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘥𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘱𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘣𝘢𝘣𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘦𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘮𝘺 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦.” 😉

But here’s the thing: there is a significant amount of the world’s population who have not developed these skills. Many people have not had the same opportunities or upbringing as we all have had. So for me, or anyone for that matter, to expect the next person we talk with to share the same education as well as understandings that we hold is also self-defeating.

To say to someone: “Suck it up” or “Be rational” only adds fuels to the fire. In fact, 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐢𝐫𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐭𝐨 𝐛𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐲𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐬𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥! 😂

🌟 𝐖𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚 𝐋𝐎𝐆𝐈𝐂𝐀𝐋 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐦𝐚𝐲 𝐛𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐚𝐧 𝐄𝐌𝐎𝐓𝐈𝐎𝐍𝐀𝐋 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐬𝐨 𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐞 𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐢𝐭’𝐬 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐭𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐮𝐧𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧! 🌟

While our emotions can indeed cause unnecessary stressful situations, it doesn’t mean we should simply start suppressing them like I did. We should not simply start throwing all our resources to the left side of the brain as an alternative.

What I’m saying here is that we don’t “throw out the baby with the bathwater”.

This is where I’m a strong advocate for developing emotional intelligence instead: learning how to handle, control, and express our emotions in a healthy and constructive way which in turn helps us better understand others. 🙂

Are there going to be people who use their emotions as an offensive weapon in hurting others? Yes. But are there also people who are going to use logic and reason as an offensive weapon of their own? Also yes.

But can we instead integrate the gifts of our emotions AND intellect in a way where it enhances, rather than impedes, our personal growth? 100% YES! ❤️ #TranscendLabels

Disclaimer: This post is meant to be taken in a general and figurative manner. It is not a substitute for a complex understanding of the brain’s processes and functions we know from modern science. I am not a neuropsychologist.

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