By Thomas J. Rodman, C.A.D.C., M.A., Psychology of the Creative Process, New School for Social Research. Trainer and Therapist, Central DuPage Hospital, Chicago. See Guest Blogger Bio
Introduction -- S.H. Rodman
Tom Rodman has spent decades in innovative clinical programming in chemical dependency treatment. Here he provides insight regarding how a right brain approach introduces a different vocabulary for personal change and therapeutic relationships, specifically applying Right Brain Aerobics. The freeing of such right brain skills will likely come as we apply this kind of ability across disciplines daily, viewing ourselves and others differently as we use the brain differently. – S.H.R
7 Principles Applying Right Brain Thinking to Counseling and Understanding Self-Trust
is irrelevant -- as the individual
begins to honor and respect things that “pop up” that don’t follow logical
sequences in their concentration.
- Right Brain Aerobics is,
in itself, an exercise in renewed self-trust. That which comes up is not the just
relevant -- it is your discovery of how it’s relevant that it is
important. You must begin to trust what your mind is revealing.
connections mean organic change.
My suspicion, at least, is that when you exercise these activities
that something organically begins to happen in the wiring, so to speak, that is enhanced -- and actual physical change may be taking place.
it and it becomes automatic.
You become very good at this, redoing it in a ritualistic fashion, as in the
preparatory Right Brain Aerobics exercises.
each right brain exercise with abandon. That is to say “abandon,” as it is
treated in the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, which is without reservation. Do not self-censor what you’re doing.
we represent the world determines how we deal with it.
This is an important factor established in object relations theory: That what we are doing with the world
as it is neurologically, in a mental
sense and personality sense -- is processing the world as it is in such a
way that our experience of it is the
determining factor and also an empowerment of our own mental processes
in dealing with the world.
- A right brain approach involves a renewed loyalty to your own inner voices. This can be a phenomenological goal within Right Brain Aerobics that builds into an experience of more total self-trust.