Are you right or left eared?

We process in­for­ma­tion dif­fer­ently through each ear.

Living Now - - Contents - by Adri­ana James

We process in­for­ma­tion dif­fer­ently through each ear.

Di­rec­tions and or­ders have more im­pact when heard through your right ear, while emo­tional mes­sages are re­called bet­ter when heard through the left ear.

This in­for­ma­tion has been known for at least 30-40 years, and it has to do with how your brain pro­cesses in­for­ma­tion. But it is not quite that sim­ple. The above men­tioned rule ap­plies only to a (sig­nif­i­cant) part of the pop­u­la­tion, specif­i­cally right ‘wired’ peo­ple, namely those who are right handed but also have a right side hemi­spher­i­cal dom­i­nance of the brain. This is an im­por­tant dis­tinc­tion since there are right-handed peo­ple with a left brain dom­i­nance. Think of schools that com­pelled all stu­dents to write with the right hand re­gard­less of their nat­u­ral ten­dency. What does this mean?

When the first divi­sion of the cell that will cre­ate the em­bryo hap­pens in utero, the dom­i­nance of the brain hemi­spheres is also be­ing de­ter­mined. When we say dom­i­nance, we mean which hemi­sphere will be­come dom­i­nant for a per­son. This is rel­a­tively sim­ple to dis­cover. If you clap your hands (quickly, as though you are in a theatre ap­plaud­ing), which hand is on top? Which hand is the one that’s ‘ac­tive’? Which hand is more vig­or­ous? That one is the ‘ dom­i­nant’ hand and it shows you which side of your brain is also dom­i­nant.

Re­mem­ber the brain is cross-wired. There­fore the left side of the body cor­re­sponds to the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Al­though both hemi­spheres are sim­i­lar struc­tures, they have dis­tinct and par­tic­u­lar func­tions. The dom­i­nant (could be left or right) side is ac­tive, ‘male’, more rea­son-based, and the non­dom­i­nant is ‘ fe­male’, more imag­i­na­tive, and more emo­tional.

It can be in­ter­est­ing to fig­ure out whether you have pri­mar­ily a right-hand side dom­i­nance or a left one. In this way you can learn a great deal about why you act and be­have the way you do. Are you more log­i­cal and rea­son­able or emo­tional and in­tu­itive?there is even more to this.

The brain dom­i­nance also de­fines how we re­spond to con­flicts, and how our per­son­al­ity comes through. You have seen mas­cu­line men, fem­i­nine men, mas­cu­line women and fem­i­nine women. You meet them every­where. This is not hap­pen­ing by chance. It is all very neatly, orderly, and clearly de­fined and most of the time it has noth­ing to do with a con­scious de­ci­sion. It is just how your brain is wired and what hap­pened to you in your life so far. So you can let go of feel­ing bad for be­ing the way you are. You are good enough. I prom­ise! ■

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