How to balance your brain (exercises)…

Having an imbalanced brain means that a person is not able to interpret the world holistically. We will either be driven purely by cold logic, or we will be slaves reacting to our emotions. The result on aggregate is that we are living in an imbalanced world where the creative, nurturing force is repressed.

There are more people with left brain imbalance than right brain imbalance most likely as a consequence of the education system.

Thought associated with the left hemisphere of the brain includes precise meanings of words, logic, maths and science, whereas creativity, improvisation, artistic and musical thought takes place in the right hemisphere.

When a person has left side imbalance their creative abilities are repressed or dormant and this person will have very little or no creative life. When a person has right side imbalance, then the person will often have blocks related to learning; for example, such a person may drop out of education. Additionally, the right side imbalanced person will have strong faith and will believe in things easily without first conducting their own research. A much smaller percentage of people initially have imbalances on both the right and left hemispheres of the brain — one example group of which is people with right brained Asperger’s Syndrome.

Brain imbalances have consequences in terms of personality. A person with a strong left brain imbalance will be a controller-type personality who is drawn to positions of power over others in which he or she may exercise authority. In contrast, a person with right brain dominance is submissive to those who have the controller-type personality. This kind of person will also be lacking in self-belief and as a consequence may generally fail to attain life goals.

This video proposes techniques for balancing the two hemispheres of the brain so that higher level, holistic thinking is made possible. In my understanding, balancing the brain and developing one’s weak side is what it means to be on a path of growth in life.

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Jade Joddle is a speech and voice teacher for high-level professionals. She teaches her non-native speaker clients to Speak Well so that they thrive and succeed.

20 Comments

  1. Thanks for watching. I have a related video adding a bit more which I will probably do within the next couple of weeks.

  2. Hi Jade,

    Good information, thank you!
    I actually have the thoughts these past months; hoping to be able to achieve a better balance in my brain (particularly in social situations)
    I find my brain has 2 distinct channels; the 1 for technical tasks (which I can use correctly any hand tool & with either hand & work forwards or reverse, & not stop to think too much about it.
    The other for social situations, & a much slower process, & I have to seemingly count the steps.
    Hope one day to be able to smoothly shuttle back & forth with sociality.
    My younger brother suffers from a slight bit of Dyslexia.
    His therapist had him draw figure 8’s for long periods & other mental exercises to help him pull his mental abilities tighter & it has helped.
    From your information I would be dominantly right-brained.

    • Social fluidity and spontaneity is a right brained ability. I am right brained but not so good at that part – what I know I have had to work for. Cheers for your comment.

    • Hi Doctor Katherine. I am also left handed; hence the right brained aspergers. Yes, a right handed person is left brain dominant, and a left handed person tends to be right brained dominant. Importantly, though, not the whole brain flips as in a mirror image, only certain processing centres. Language in many left handers will be processed in the same area of the brain as for right handers (the left side). When this does not happen it is possible that language disorders such as dyslexia or dysgraphia arise. Incidentally, without having had a brain scan I can tell you I know where I process language in my brain because I can feel the spot. It’s on the right side towards the front. I feel that this limits me in some ways as it is hard for me to memorise new words and to be able to recall them quickly to mind. Also, with word meanings, I get a general feeling about them rather than an exact meaning (exact meanings are a left hemisphere function). One of the self-experiments I intend to do is to see what happens when I try to memorise words and at the same time internally feel with my mind the language processing area which is in the left side of my brain for most people, even though I do not naturally use that part myself – my hypothesis is that it will make it easier for me to remember words due to the fact this part of my brain is still in the same place as all people, except I do not use it. Also, I plan to do one other video on this topic in the coming weeks so stay tuned. Thanks for commenting. This is a good article for further reading: http://www.rightleftrightwrong.com/brain.html

  3. Hi Jade
    I think I would be in the smaller group with imbalances or deficiencies in both hemispheres. So I took a short brain test sommer +sommer. I scored 56% L 44% R and it said congratulations ,you use your brain equally.
    I’m not so sure the congrats was in order if both sides are imbalanced. Do you have any thoughts on that?
    Also would you consider yourself Left Right or equal on the brain hemisphere scale?

    • I am a right brained aspergers and I usually get 50/50 or 55/45 in those kinds of tests. I think these tests don’t take into account right brained asperger’s people. For example, I am heavily left brained in some aspects – rules, routines and in some ways controlling. However, I am also left handed which means right brained and I also have skills and abilities to do with right brained things. My theory is that right brained aspergers people are born to be more ‘balanced’ than most people even if we do not develop our skills intentionally, however, that is not to say that all our problems completely disappear! I definitely have weaknesses and strengths on both sides. I would not say congrats are in order because I suspect we were mostly born this way. We also have difficulties with socialising etc. so even if our brains are more balanced and therefore capable of more holistic thought than most, we still have day-to-day issues to deal with! I people these issues can be improved upon by developing the connections between the left and right hemispheres through different kinds of activities and practice such as I talk about in this video.

  4. Andrew 007 and Teddy 001 Reply

    Yes, this is indeed one of your most important videos as for one to achieve their highest potential enacting use of both sides of the brain is plausibly essential. For example, two of the greatest geniuses of our time, Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla, both excelled at logic yet equally both had extraordinary imaginations. For myself, I was born somewhat ambidextrous so I may already have better interconnections between both brain hemispheres. Yet, since my early 20’s I have practiced meditation, contemplation meditation which some martial artists call inactive activity, ninja where I have reached the mental stage of technique/no technique, I compose music and I design my own clothes, and, routine things like using my lesser dominant left hand to operate my computer mouse. In conclusion, this video broaches a topic which is essential for people to understand and implement in their lives

  5. Hi, Jade!

    First of all, many thanks for sharing this video. I think it’s one of the most important and interesting videos you’ve published on your channel so far. I’m totally hooked to your videos, including the ones related to British grammar, pronunciation, and culture, but also others regarding psychology, like this one.

    I’ve always been an emotional person, especially because I suffer from BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder). I don’t know if you already know anything about this serious mental illness. It affects 2% of population in the world, especially women. People who suffer from BPD are ruled by their emotions, they are impulsive, tend to self-damage themselves, and sometimes have a reckless behaviour. They also have unstable or changing relationships, because of their random mood swings. BPD can be also lead to substance addiction.

    A couple of years ago, when I was treating myself in a treatment center, I was done a test to prove brain imbalance. It’s called the Spinning Dancer test, and you can find more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinning_Dancer

    I just wanted to share this test with you and people who watch your videos in order to help them testing their brain imbalance.

    Thank you!

    • Hey Norma thanks for sharing the spinning dancer test – I did already know about it but I will use this opportunity to remind people about this test in a new post. In my understanding it tests if a person is right brained or left brained and everyone is going to be either one or the other. It quite closely correlates with whether a person is right (left side dominant) or left (right hand dominant) handed. However, there are exceptions. A friend of mine is right handed so should be left brain dominant but in fact according to the test he is right brained. In some ways BPD is the opposite to Aspergers and we each benefit from working to develop opposite sides of our brains. I believe huge progress with these conditions and others are possible if we have a growth-orientated attitude. Cheers for your comment and for sharing.

  6. Hi Jade,
    Nice video thanks. The marriage of the right and left side of the brain, intuition and logic, female and the male part. I think I have always been a user of both, and although I have studied engineering, my most interest goes to spirituality, psychology and philosophy; and yet, I cannot use them in a balanced way simultaneously.
    Further, I like it that you, like me, believe in possibility of transforming oneself in order to have a more joyable and balanced life; and to attain that, setting goals and steps to reach them … Take care!

  7. Thank you Jade for sharing.
    Totally agree with you.
    I’m learning to be more balanced nowadays…
    Love your videos, thank you very much for sharing them with us.
    You’re such a great teacher & I really enjoy your writings as well as your videos on different subjects.

    Best Wishes,

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