10 debunked myths about the right and left hemispheres of the brain
Want to learn how to hack the brain and easily avoid the confusion that most people encounter?
Then you are in the right place.
We will tell you about a dozen popular myths about the brain, including those relating to the right and left hemispheres.
You will also learn proven ways to deal with them.
So, less words - more things!
Myth 1: Conviction that you are a person with a predominant right or left hemisphere.
Most likely, a very long time ago you, surfing the Internet, came across the idea of the predominance of the left or right hemisphere.
It is a myth that you are either a person who is guided by logic (the left hemisphere) or a person who has a well-developed intuition and rich imagination (the right hemisphere).
It is not true.
Your brain is a very complex and bizarre organ. Despite numerous studies, the brain is something we still know relatively little about.
However, just enter the phrase "characteristics of the right and left hemispheres of the brain" in the Google search box, and you will get a huge amount of results. And each of them will tell you who you are.
This idea of the predominance of the right or left hemisphere arose in the 1960s as a result of research conducted by Roger Sperry.
It is well known that the right and left hemispheres of the brain perform different functions, but can we divide people, claiming that one or another hemisphere prevails in them? Is it really that simple?
A team of neuroscientists from the University of Utah has spent two years testing this theory. The study involved more than 1,000 people. The results showed that both hemispheres were more or less equal in their activities.
“The left hemisphere is responsible for the language, the right is for attention. However, people are not inclined to have a stronger left or right hemisphere. ” - Dr. Jeff Anderson, lead author
So be careful when looking for any information on the Internet.
People are not divided into those who are guided solely by logic, and those who have a craving for creativity. You can be both at the same time.
Do not limit your thinking and abilities, believing in this myth. You become better at what you work on.
Myth 2: Conviction that your problems are unique
Most people tend to think about their problems, experiences and so on as something unique. They mistakenly believe that they are unique in this respect.
However, let me tell you something that may greatly surprise you.
Our cognitive distortions and flaws are fairly common. We all tend to make similar mistakes.
No need to personalize your own problems and identify with them. What if the problems you encounter are created by your brain, not by what you do?
Think about it.
Imagine that you have a faulty mobile phone that is able to work at full capacity for just two hours. Then he needs a short break.
You may think that your problem is unique, and start to get angry and upset because you are not lucky.
Or perhaps realize the truth.
What if it was just a manufacturing defect? But the one that you cannot “fix” by going to the Apple Store, since your phone was produced two million years ago for a different medium.
Obviously, we simplify things a bit (okay, too).However, the essence is simple: your problems are not unique. We all face them, one way or another. You can avoid them by analyzing common traps.
"We have a two-millionth brain that is not meant for us to be happy, but so that we can survive." - Tony Robbins
As stated in the above quote, your brain, first of all, you need in order for you to survive. This mechanism is both deep and complex.
People do not realize (or are not interested in this) the presence in their heads of subconscious patterns that affect their lives. For this reason, they are doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over again, despite all attempts to avoid them.
These “software failures” are what we all experience from time to time:
• Lack of motivation to go to the gym
• Lack of confidence that you will be able to complete the new project
• Occurrence from time to time of strange feelings and moods.
But the difference between those who succeed and those who flounder in a swamp of problems and get upset is simple: the first consistently work on their weak points.
Imagine that your brain is an old computer, full of common errors and viruses that we all face.
Accept these disadvantages. Examine how they manifest themselves in your case, and then work on improving them to be more productive.
Myth 3: The conviction that your characters are fixed
You have character traits that (in most cases) do not change over time.
But before you get upset and go to the fridge to “seize” your emotions with jam or chocolate chip cookies, we will tell you: this does not mean at all that you cannot change.
Just need to work on yourself.
Most people do not change their identity for two reasons:
1) They like the safe, comfortable option to stay the same (let's face it - it's pretty easy)
2) They do not know that they can change
Fortunately for you, we have already dispelled the idea that you cannot change your personality. So you are ahead of most people.
There are many different theories and ideas related to your personality.
The general essence lies in the fact that it is formed in the first years of our life and (as a rule) remains stable for a long time.
The most widespread is the so-called “Five-factor model”, which states that there are five main personality traits that can define us: openness, integrity, extroversion, benevolence, and neuroticism.
These traits determine and influence how we react to different events in our lives.
But here's the thing: by defining events, a traumatic experience can cause a change in who we are.
One of the latest studies related to the study of personality has established that the personality traits of the Big Five are manifested differently in the lives of individuals.
It is best to consider your personality as a piece of clay. It hardens with time, but you can work to change it, dazzling what you need.
Myth 4: The conviction that you use only 10% of your brain
This myth is simply not true. If we cut out 90% of your brain, will you still function?
Imagine that what you know about your brain is like the volume inside a balloon.
Imagine that what you do not yet know about your brain is the space outside the balloon.
The surface of the balloon, the interface between the known and the unknown, is questions. The larger the volume inside the balloon, the larger its surface.
The more we know, the more questions we have.
It is not true that we use only 10% of our brain.
Rather, we do not always maximize our mental abilities.
Various factors — motivation, environment, general health, sleep — all have different effects on our performance at one time or another.
So why does this myth exist? Why is he so attractive?
Probably because we have a lot of sleeping mental abilities, which, if used, will help us achieve much more.
We do not use only 10% of our brain. We use all 100%.
But not all of us reach the highest standards. Find out which blocks are bothering you, and work on improving every day.
Myth 5: The conviction that smart people have big brains
When it comes to size, we are obsessed with the belief that more is better.
The bottom line is that the size of the brain has nothing to do with our intelligence.
A very simple way to debunk this myth is to look at the animal kingdom. A cow has a bigger brain than a chimpanzee, but is it smarter?
A whale or an elephant has a larger brain than a human. But are they smarter?
Many neuroscientists agree that it is not the size, but the complexity of the neural connections that actually determines the capabilities and potential of the brain.
In general, the point is not in size. It all depends on how effectively the different parts of your brain interact with each other.
What matters is not how big your brain is, but how well its various parts are connected to each other.
Train your brain to put together different ideas, feelings, intelligence, and continue to learn every day.
Myth 6: Conviction that men and women have different brains
Of all the myths presented here, this is perhaps one of the most destructive.
This sets you up to behave according to a preconceived notion of how you should or should not behave depending on your gender.
Let's start with what is true.
Yes, there are some very minor anatomical differences between the male and female brains.
However, it never had to do with the difference in abilities. We know that any distinction created is a product of our own cultural conditionality.
If there is a difference or inequality, they are created by our society.
A common misconception is that women get the best results when they are tested for emotional intelligence and empathy. However, the anatomy of the brain goes against it.
The hippocampus associated with memory in women, as a rule, is larger, while the amygdala, which is responsible for emotions, is more in men, which completely contradicts the myth.
Your gender does not determine what you are destined to be good or bad. Often this is the result of our cultural conditioning.
Think about your own gender bias and try to avoid stereotypes based on them regarding yourself and other people.
Myth 7: Conviction that you know what will make you happy
It probably surprised you a bit, right?
Take a deep breath and let me explain.
We usually think we know exactly what will make us happy or unhappy.
However, the truth is that this is not (quite) true. We greatly overestimate how happy something can make us - gifts, promotions, marriages, divorces, and more.
Even when it comes to money, countless studies show that they really do not make us happier.
Conversely, what we fear and avoid will not make us as unhappy as we imagine.
The trip to work on Monday morning is not as bad as we think; the same goes for an awkward conversation with a family member or friend.
The most heartbreaking tragedies - parting, the loss of loved ones - cause us despair and grief, but do not last as long as we expect.
Things are never as bad or good as they appear at first glance. You cannot predict how you will feel in the future.
Myth 8: Conviction that you lose your mental power over time
When you are young, it’s easy to take risks and try something new.But with age, we strive for comfort and routine.
Until the same models become shackles.
Maybe that's why you:
• threw strength training or yoga classes
• did not finish the book you wanted to write and publish
• did not start a business that was so often thought and said
Many people fall into this trap, believing that they lose their mental power over time, and this mental error quickly sends them in a downward spiral of stagnation and mediocrity.
We want you to understand something: with age, your brain and intelligence can become better.
Be inspired, not demoralized!
In business circles, for example, it is well known that with age you become better as an entrepreneur. The same is true in many other areas.
Of course, there are a number of cognitive skills that deteriorate with time - learning new languages, memorizing a list of random words, and more.
But who cares?
Vocabulary, judgment of character, social wisdom, conflict resolution, emotion management, and the search for a goal — all matter, and in this we become better over time.
Sounds inspiring, doesn't it?
Well, let's continue.
Over time, you can not only become smarter, but also continue (literally) to develop your brain.
An active brain, which, for example, learns foreign languages or tries new skills and hobbies, forms a richer network of interconnected nerve cells. Moreover, the constant development of the brain helps to prevent dementia and other diseases.
So it is not true that your mental decline is inevitable. Quite the contrary: the influence can be stopped and even canceled with the help of special exercises. The best part is that you do not need to do this for a long time.
According to the study, which was attended by more than 3,000 people aged 65 and older, if you spend only 10 hours in a few weeks of exercises that improve memory, the ability to solve problems and make decisions, this will lead to a significant and prolonged increase in cognitive abilities.
Spend 10-15 minutes daily working on improving memory, ability to solve problems and make decisions.
Myth 9: Conviction that there are five senses and one type of intellect
What if we tell you that you don't have five senses? And that the school tested your abilities using only one measure of intelligence?
Will you believe?
There is an opinion that most of us have five senses and one type of intellect.
This is not your fault. The whole paradigm of our education tests our abilities, based solely on one “type” of intelligence - through exams and essays. In reality, there are eight types of intelligence.
Just think: there is a type of intelligence in which you can be a genius, but at school it is not taken into account when testing your abilities.
This is a comforting thought for those of us who fail math or English exams.
In addition, there are not five, but six senses.
Balance: otherwise known as your internal GPS.
Proprioception: a sense of the position of parts of your body in space and what they do.
Nociception: sensation of pain.
Thermal interpretation: sensation of temperature.
Chrono-concept: the feeling of the passage of time.
Interception: the feeling of your inner needs, such as hunger, thirst, the need to relieve the need, and so on.
The most fascinating thing is that when we compare ourselves with other species, it turns out that we do not have many feelings. So, bats and dolphins use sonar to find prey. Sharks can feel electric fields, and birds and turtles can even navigate through the magnetic fields of the Earth.
In any case, it shows how much there is in the world of what we cannot understand.
Sage Jaggy Vasudev once said: “You aspire to the infinite through the physical. Can a physical ever become infinite? The physical is always finite within a finite boundary; it can never be infinite. It is like riding a cart drawn by oxen to your final destination on the moon, and get advice to buy a new whip. If your final destination is the Moon, you need the appropriate vehicle. Thus, if you aspire to the infinite through the physical, you will be overwhelmed by frustration. ”
You are smarter than you think. You have more feelings than you think. However, there are also countless things that you cannot understand.
Continue to grow and constantly learn.Do not be satisfied with only the knowledge that you have.
Myth 10: Conviction that your memories are accurate.
The last myth is incredible.
What if we tell you that your memories are not genuine? And that every time you turn to them, they become more distorted?
There are at least two dozen cognitive distortions! And there are many different mistakes that our brain makes.
And here is one of them: every time you turn to memories, you project your current feelings and thinking onto those memories. As a result, the memories themselves change.
Awesome, isn't it?
But how can this help you?
Whenever you look back at your experience, you change it. This means that you can’t remember exactly how things really were.
Knowing this, you must recognize how important such seemingly simple things as are:
• keeping a diary, where you write down, what you think, how you feel, and so on;
• keeping clear and up-to-date records of your training progress;
• careful tracking of to-do lists, goals and plans to stay focused.
You are not able to remember things as accurately as you can think. Therefore, write down everything you do - from your feelings, hopes and dreams to your daily budget, to-do lists and so on. These notes will help you to remember things exactly!
So, did you increase your brain knowledge? The most popular myths associated with it are now destroyed.