I find that brain science is extremely fascinating. In spite of all the current research there is still so much to know. Understanding how our brains work can help us emotionally, relationally and in how we make important life decisions and choices.
Neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor has recently published an article that provides information about what she labels the Four Characters of the brain.
Here are some excerpts from this helpful article:
Although we have been trained to believe that our left brain is our rational brain while our right brain is our emotional brain, the limbic tissue responsible for our emotions is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. As a result, each of our brain hemispheres has both an emotional and a thinking module of cells, and each of these modules of cells results in not only a predictable skill set but a character profile or personality.
When we know each of the Four Characters (our two emotional and our two thinking), we then have the power to choose moment by moment which character we want to embody at any time. This is true personal freedom……
She goes on to say more…There is a five-step process that I call the Brain Huddle, whereby we consciously take a pause, call all Four Characters into our awareness, and then together as a team contemplate our next best move.
I encourage you to practice the Brain Huddle in everyday moments so you can train your brain to make important decisions swiftly and skillfully. If you are willing to train your Four Characters to function as a team during the benign moments of your life, then when you are in duress, you will have that skill available.
Dr. Taylor presents the Four Characters and how to integrate them through what she calls a Brain Huddle. This is helpful for anxiety and fear relief as well as improving cognitive functioning throughout your day as you make the many decisions that will impact your life.