The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life
by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
The New York Times best-selling author of My Stroke of Insight brings us Whole Brain Living – a book that blends neuroanatomy with psychology to show how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find our way to peace. Ranked #1 on Amazon in the following categories: Stroke, Neuroscience, Neurological Diseases, Nervous System Diseases, Stress Management.
For half a century we have been trained to believe that our right brain hemisphere is our emotional brain, while our left brain houses our rational thinking. Now neuroscience shows that it’s not that simple: in fact, our emotional limbic tissue is evenly divided between our two hemispheres. Consequently, each hemisphere has both an emotional brain and a thinking brain. In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor presents these four distinct modules of cells as four characters that make up who we are: Character 1, Left Thinking; Character 2, Left Emotion; Character 3, Right Emotion; and Character 4, Right Thinking.
Everything we think, feel, or do is completely dependent upon brain cells to perform that function. Since each of our Four Characters stem from a unique group of cells that exhibit very specific skill sets, we can easily train ourselves to recognize which of these characters we are embodying during any moment by moment.
In Whole Brain Living, Dr. Taylor introduces us to each of our Four Characters, shows us how to recognize them when they show up in our daily life, and then helps us identify the Four Characters in others so we can create healthier relationships.
Finally, Dr. Jill introduces a practice she calls the BRAIN Huddle—which is a tool designed to bring our Four Characters into conversation with one another, so we each have the power to tap into each of our Four Characters strengths, leaving us with the power to choose which character we would like to one embody in any situation.
The more we become familiar with each of the characters in ourselves and others, the more power we gain over our thoughts, our feelings, our relationships, and our lives. Indeed, we discover that we really do have the power to choose who and how we want to be in every moment. And when our Four Characters work together and balance one another as a whole brain, we gain a radical road map to our own deep inner peace.
This powerful view of our brain and its four characters helps us understand what it means to live a completely fulfilled life when we learn to bring our “team” together on every topic, and helps us find answers to questions that have been asked by people for thousands of years.
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