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Gray Matters

According to Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, author of Mindsight, the right side of the brain creates an “AND” stance, while the left creates an “OR” point of view.  “AND” becomes an inclusive mindset that leaves room for the shades of gray in any situation.  “OR” can get us stuck in black-and-white thinking.  Left is concerned with linear processing, cause and effect, logical sequencing, and labeling.  Right is concerned with emotions, body awareness, empathy, autobiographical memory, creativity.  The two sides need to communicate in balance for us to be whole beings.  Where can you say “AND” instead of “OR” today, and where can you say “OR” instead of “AND”?  What more is possible if you considered the opposite point of view?

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