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The Neurotic's Guide to Avoiding Enlightenment: How the Left-Brain Plays Unending Games of Self-Improvement Paperback

I learned how the left side of my brain works.

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I learned how the left side of the brain works.

  • May 24, 2014
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Chris Niebauer is a professor of neuropsychology at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. His research about the left side of the brain works is fascinating. The left side of the brain makes explanations for everything that happens in my life. It makes interpretations of everything I come across. The left brain takes the thought of self improvement and divides into categories of opposition. There is the person that I am versus the ideal person that I want to be. Niebauer believes that perfection is an elusive illusion. The interpretative left brain always finds flaws in every situation. I believe that the more I try to relax the more anxious I become. I experience this every time I visit my doctor.

I have been struggling in controlling my blood pressure. My average blood pressure is 150 over 110. I have become fixated about everything I eat and the amount of physical activity that I do. My goal is to get my blood pressure to a perfect 120/80. I have not achieved this yet. I believe that I have been overly consciousness about my habits because of it. I can change the interpretation of my left brain's perception of the ideal blood pressure. I can set a blood pressure goal that is more realistic for me. Perhaps a good blood pressure goal would be 130 over 90. I will strive to observe my behaviors and try to understand the steps in the process that will hopefully lower my blood pressure. Niebauer provides an exercise that increases my awareness of my health. He suggests making a list of things I do with my own free will and to make another list of things that happen to me that are beyond my control. This will help me to focus on the things I can control everyday and not dwell on things I can't control.

Niebauer also includes a chapter about how to deal with drama in everyday life. He advises to view drama from a distance. This is very hard for me to do when I am working with a difficult coworker. It is easier to see drama from a distance when I don't have to work with another person. I often have reports and data that I have complete every other week. I can prevent paper work from building up by completing a little of it every day. The quality of my paper work is a reflection of who I am as a worker. If I am mindful of completing every part of my work case the best I can, I will not feel the anxiety of having to be perfect. I will strive to have a brain that is not interpretive. A non interpretative brain is hopeful in all situations. It is the kind of brain that does over think things and embraces truth in all things.

The information in this book will hopefully make me a healthier person and a more productive employee. I will try to change my interpretations from my left brain about stressful subjects like my health and work. It is very difficult to deal with all of the negative things like my blood pressure and work load.

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