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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



enjoy life



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:



self-discipline

self-management

self-organization

self-planning



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:



rigid

inadequte

negatively self-conscious

with no free time







Learning more about how our brains work can be the key to:



IMPROVED PRODUCTIVITY



GREATER SELF-AWARENESS



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:



CONCENTRATION



PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS



MEMORY



FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT



CREATIVE THINKING



VOCABULARY



SELF-CONFIDENCE



MOTIVATION



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:



LANGUAGE



NUMBERS



LOGIC



ANALYSIS



SEQUENCING





The active right brain deal in a very general way with:



RHYTHM AND MUSIC



COLOR



IMAGINATION



DAYDREAMING



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.