Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Brain and Conflict – 3

You may recall that the neocortex or 3rd brain layer is divided by a natural fissure into two cerebral hemispheres, a right and a left; each of which is further divided in two by a natural fissure. This results in four cerebral divisions. Since some individuals find right-left distinctions stressful, metaphorically picture that 3rd layer as the face of an analogue clock that is divided into quadrants, each with its own name that reflects a key characteristic. Each brain is thought to have a bent in one of those four divisions. All things being equal, if the brain is functioning primarily from its bent, it will tend to approach conflict in its own unique way. It’s much more complicated than that, of course, but remembering a simple analogy can help you analyze what is going on and give you options for how to approach the conflict. More tomorrow.

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