Posted by DAisym on November 16, 2008, at 19:34:27
In reply to Re: Desire versus Acceptance, posted by Trotter on November 16, 2008, at 13:41:15
Hmmm...I haven't read the book but it was mentioned in the lecture I went to this weekend. The book is supposed to be much better than the video, which I have not seen either.
But I don't think the research supports your conclusion that happiness is found in the right brain. In fact, people who favor their right brain are typically less happy than people who favor their left. At least in self-descriptions. There are a lot of theories on this, including people who live in their left brain have no need for emotional analysis so they don't think about how they feel. And I think we need to define "self" as different pieces are in different parts of the brain. What seems to be true, based on PET scans is that the capacity to be open and embrace life versus being constricted and afraid of life is located on the left side of frontal cortex - but has nothing to do with the actual left or right side of the brain. I think it is interesting that the author talked about living in the moment in the right side of the brain as that is where the auto-biographical information is stored - essentially your history and memories. Just goes to show how complicated all this is.