SEMINAR: ON BEING HUMAN
In this seminar Dr Brodeur develops concrete, practical psychological models covering topics such as:
- what's really involved in learning?
- what's the real source of conflict in our lives and what can we do about it?
- what's human experience all about and what part do our emotions play in all this?
This session will emphasize a "right-brained" approach to these questions, as well as using more traditional "left-brained" approaches. This means participants will be required to do some reflective thinking, that is, required to examine their own behavior patterns.
Consider the facts of birth and death. We come into earthly existence, we become someone unique, then we leave this earthly plane. The fact that we are in space and time, and as a result subject the laws and dynamics of change, we learn. We learn through experience. We learn through experience to get the things we want, and this getting is how we become what we are today, and will become what we will be at some point of time in the future.
Along with this, to me, inescapable way of reasoning, we can then be described as subject to our desires and shaped by our desires. This fact has long ago been acknowledge by the greatest thinkers of all ages, in eastern civilization as well as in western civilization.
It has been said in different ways. Here are some ways of expressing this idea, as well as other ideas of what others think we are. For example, it has been said in one way or another that:
we are creatures of habit
we are creatures of desire
we are creatures of thought
we are creatures of imagination
we are creatures of our own choosing
And depending upon which of these ideas we think dominates our personalities, we can then say that
we are what we have learned to be
we are what we desire to be
we are what we have been born to be
we are what we think we are
we are what we imagine we are
we are what we choose to be.
To which of these claims, if any, do you give pre-eminence?
SEMINAR: SORTING OUT YOUR LIFE
HOW TO USE THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE HUMAN BRAIN TO:
sharpen your thinking
balance your activities
get things done
organize your time
manage your finances
[these ideas are take from Tony Buzan's book, THE BRAIN USER'S GUIDE, published by E P Dutton, Inc, 1983]
Do you believe these myths?
memory gets worse and brain cells drop off as you get older?
the brain has a limited capacity
broke but happy
The great neglected areas of education:
Why learn about the way your brain functions? Why know how your brain and body interact? Well, would you like to:
increase your general health?
improve your overall mental capacity?
Objections some people give to self-improvement schemes:
I might become rigid
I might have to face aspects of my own inadequacy
I might become too self-conscious and lose my spontaneity and freedom
The fact is:
You'll have a better chance to be more flexible
You'll have a better chance to feel more adequate
A better chance to be more postively and less negatively self-conscious
A better chance to enjoy more freedom and spontaneity
The fact is that as we get older and have more responsibilities we have more problems and they increasingly leave us:
with no free time
Learning more about how our brains work can be the key to:
MORE SELF-CONTROL AND SELF-DETERMINATION
INCREASING SATISFACTION OF OUR EMOTIONAL, CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS
INCREASED PHYSICAL HEALTH, WITH A CORRESPONDING REDUCTION IN STRESS AND TENSION
CONTINUING INTELLECTUAL GROWTH
Moreover, learning more about how our brains work can give us specific information how to improve:
QUALITY OF LIFE
To do this, we must answer some fundamental questions about ourselves:
WHAT HAVE I DONE?
WHO AM I?
WHAT DO I WANT TO DO?
WHO DO I REALLY WISH TO BECOME?
These questions can be answered only through a process I call REFLECTIVE THINKING.
In order to accomplish the changes we want, it's important to know how, as human beings, we function, learning about
THE DIFFERENT FUNCTIONING SYSTEMS OF THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES OF THE BRAIN
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEMORY AND UNDERSTANDING; HOW APPREC IATING THIS DIFFERENCE CAN HELP YOU MANAGE TIME MORE EFFECTIVELY
THE IMPORTANCE OF A REST/ACTIVITY CYCLE
RELEASING THE BRAIN'S PRESSURE VALVES
THE IMPORTANCE OF AN EFFECTIVE CHANGE OF PACE
THE IMPORTANCE OF SERENDIPITY IN RELEASING PRESSURE
BALANCING RIGHT AND LEFT BRAIN USE, THAT IS, USING MORE OF YOUR BRAIN POWER
HOW TO USE THE PRINCIPLE OF "CHUNKING" TO ORGANIZE YOUR SELF - THAT IS, THE NEED OF THE BRAIN TO ORGANIZE THINKS IN EASY-TO-HANDLE PACKAGES
THE POWER OF LOVE
RIGHT BRAIN / LEFT BRAIN / WHOLE BRAIN
The active left brain deals in a very general way with:
The active right brain deal in a very general way with:
RHYTHM AND MUSIC
SPATIAL AWARENESS AND 3D
When the right brain is active, the left goes into a relaxed, semimeditative alpha-wave hum. When the left brain is active, the right brain get relaxed, and goes semimeditative and alphawavish.