Whole Brain Focus

Your individual brains working together may be a wonderful experience. Have you ever had those times when something you do frequently suddenly becomes difficult, if not down right frustrating? I know I do. I like some puzzles, and I generally do those puzzles daily. Some days, or parts of a day however, a puzzle becomes very frustrating, and I did not understand why.

I was reading today in a book at the library that each individual brain may be broken down into four to seven different brains, or personalities that make us who we are. As I thought about this, I wondered if that is the background chattering and at times nonsense conversation that goes on in our heads.

You know, the thoughts that interfere with your thinking when you are trying to concentrate? Or the unlinked sentences that float through your thoughts when you are not thinking of anything? I thought perhaps those were the individual parts of my brain that could be separated out into separate brain selves.

If this idea is true and we all have those four to seven separate brain selves, it would seem at any one time we are only using one or two for any given task. For example, if we are doing a math problem, not all portions of our brain are in use. The only part of our brain I think we would use is the part that has the capability of understanding a math problem, and the rules that involve doing math.

The same would apply to speaking, reading, hearing, taste, and so on. Or the same could apply to a portion of our brain that likes math, another that likes language, another that likes visual puzzles. Maybe it is all one in the same with different labels. I really do not know, nor could I pretend to know.

For example as I am typing this, my typing is of probably poor quality. I have to go back and correct what I have typed. I have trouble with: …t he, transposing letters: from for example, and example. It seems to follow that more than one part of my brain is needed to type in a more correct manner. From that thought, can I assume, all the required parts of my brain needed to type well do not care about typing?

I think it is important that what I am typing is coherent and grammatically correct. But what part of my brain is that? It obviously is a different part than the parts not paying attention and allowing me to make the same typing mistakes over and over again.

How much would it change us, if we made an effort to have all the parts of our brain working to solve a problem, whether that be typing correctly, solving a puzzle, or being creative? It may be the language part of our brain, may not be interested in creativity. But what would change within us if we could make that part of our brain interested in creativity?

I think, when we have those, “Aha” moments it happens. For a few seconds some part of our brain which normally does not take an interest in whatever it is we are doing, decides to contribute to the process of arriving at a solution. That little slice of our brain which generally does something else adds its effort to solving our problem.

A few seconds later we have our, “aha” moment, and we are surprised by our flash of genius, and wonder why we never thought of it before. Then our brain goes back to its normal pattern of distracting us, or thinking other thoughts, while we turn our flash of inspiration into reality. And that feels really good.