The Right Brain and the Unconscious: Discovering the Stranger Within

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The Unconscious Child Within

The Structure of the Mind

The human mind is multidimensional, multifaceted, and consists of several levels. The relatively easily accessible conscious mind resides in the left half of the brain. The right brain is associated with social‐ emotional, nonlinguistic unconscious awareness. The most primitive, relatively inaccessible, almost purely emotional aspect of the mind is referred to simply as the unconscious and is associated with the limbic system.


The Domination of One Aspect of the Mind over Others

All three mental domains are interlinked and ongoing and often process and respond to information simultaneously, each in its own fashion. In some instances, one aspect of the mind dominates and achieves expressive preeminence over the others. In other situations, the mental systems of the right and the left brains, or the right brain and the limbic system, work equally and harmoniously.

Although two or all three systems may interact harmoniously with the same goals and agendas, the three mental systems often act in

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