The right side is the creative side and this is where all the imaging, and intuitive activity takes place. We can see that some people are naturally more active in this area than others. Artists, composers and improvising musicians, story tellers etc. However, all of us use both sides of the brain. We are all different and we will gravitate towards what feels more natural for us as individuals. There is no right or wrong…. Only right and left
Both sides of the brain work together as part of a team and pass information to each other.
The left side of the brain deals with all the analytical functions. It works in conjunction with the right side too. Some people will be more active in this part of the brain than others and will perhaps be more analytically based and perhaps drawn towards activities such as puzzles, be good at maths, solving technical issues,science etc. Musicians playing from sheet music will be very active here too,
The brain is an organ that responds to sensory input from thoughts and environment. It learns and stores this sensory information, that affects our beliefs and our emotions.
The hypothalamus is the brain’s own chemical factory that triggers appropriate chemical neurotransmitters to both positive and negative stimulus depending on the messages received from the control centre. It’s primary function is recognise danger for our survival. It is designed to always revert back to it’s default function when any real danger is perceived.
However, when ‘repeated false alarms’ are stored in the brain, the alarm bells can be wrongly re-triggered even when there isn’t a real threat to our survival. This is when we feel anxious about an event (even when we know it doesn’t actually pose a danger to survival). The amygdala is triggered by irrational ‘fear’, based on an emotional response rather than listening to intellectually based evidence.
The ‘security guard’ (amygdala) is there to look out for danger to ensure your survival at all times, but it can become over-sensitive and trigger false alarms again and again until something is done to rectify the situation. However, If it is allowed to dominate the thinking process for too long, things can get out of hand, and we lock into danger mode. (This is where hypnotic intervention can significantly help change things for you to enable control to be given back to the rational, evidence based pre-frontal cortex).
‘Stuck’ memories from false alarms are retained in the emotional mind and body while the subconscious still believes the emergency status continues. Strong counter-productive behaviour takes up valuable energy resources and we feel this as negative emotions.
The creative right side of the brain works overtime when it senses un-necessary danger signals and uses the imagination which can run amok while under stress using its massive power and incredible speed to conjure up all sorts of worst case scenarios. Stress and anxiety are now experienced.
The whole body’s system gets caught up in this negative loop, with the rational part of the brain now being deprived of it’s blood supply and other basic functions of the body now struggle to cope on emergency rations of adrenalin until the the emotional backlog has been resolved through either rest, or until a change of thinking has taken place. All the main systems are forced to run on alert, or shutdown by the brain’s central control until enough reserve energy is mustered again.
Coping mechanisms for daily life are then widely affected. The brain struggles to process even the most basic information while this continuing state of emergency is perceived to be in place. (A bit like the computer slowing down or crashing due to an overload).
Daily functions become severely affected, and this negative cycle creates either anxiety and or depression.
On one side of the negative emotional loop (when anxiety / stress are felt) excess adrenalin is produced by the brain’s chemical plant (hypothalamus) and tries to find outlets for this excess and is released through irrational behaviour such as anger etc or it finds other ways to be released through malfunctions in the body. (Irritable bowel syndrome, skin rashes, rising blood pressure etc).
On the other side of the loop (when depression is experienced) the brain is deprived of seratonin, and the hypothalamus shuts down all chemical production resulting in lethargy and lack of motivation.
How Brainy stuff relates to our emotions
The way the brain functions is enormously complex, and we still only know a relatively small amount about this amazing organ of our body. I’ll try to keep the information here simple to understand and how it’s related to hypnotherapy with the aim of highlighting some of the basic functions that affect our emotions, how we feel, what we believe, and how this affects the way we subsequently behave.
We can compare the brain to being a very powerful computer, but instead of just electrical signals, our computer also produces chemicals to carry its information signals. The brain is made up of billions of cells called neurons. There are connections between these neurons which send and receive billions of bits of information between each other, and are constantly changing. There are several sections within the brain designed to complement one another. We can break it down into a storage area, like a hard drive, motors, processors and an operating system. Like a computer, we add new software programs to deal with different applications in life. These are added to the system when we’re ready and are upgraded over time. The brain can also be prone to corruption through inputting unproductive and false information into it. Fortunately, because of it’s plasticity, the brain is also perfectly capable of un-doing previous patterns and can re-wire the neurons to get rid of unwanted corrupt data through re-programming using techniques such as hypnosis. As a baby, we have all the capacity ready and waiting like a fertile garden waiting for seeds of learning to be sown, with all the storage we need ready to absorb life’s new data. We learn the basic commands at first and as we grow, we get more and more able to use our computer to perform more complex tasks over time. (Page 1/2)
The brain is plastic in nature which means it learns new skills, developing through trial and error. It learns to quickly recognise familiar data, just like the computer, based on it’s history. We are also able to upgrade and replace old patterns with new data to create completely new neural pathways and behavioural patterns. Just like computers, we are also prone to the odd virus and things can go array from time to time, especially when we overload the system and especially when we feed it with the wrong information. If we look at the two hemispheres of the brain we can see the difference between the activity in these areas. The brain needs a good fuel source to power it and enable it to function in the first place and allow it to remain switched on. Imagine all the information in the computer is being sent to different systems of the body via a network of pathways, and that each tiny piece of information put into the computer is sent to its own local community, (organs etc) and with every individual community member being an individual cell in your body. The fuel to keep the body alive is consumed and processed. Food is carried through the digestive system, sorted into its component parts to feed not just the brain but all the other organs of the entire body. Needless to say, all of the parts of our body provide a particular function but let’s refer to the brain as ‘Central Control’. In an ideal world the brain is given all the best fuels in the form of a healthy and balanced nutritional diet, and it functions best when it stimulated with the right information in the right environment. The brain is designed to be stimulated, excited and it enjoys a challenge. However, it also needs to be given enough time to rest and recuperate from its complex tasks and busy daily schedule. (Page 2/2)
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