The Right Brain and the Unconscious: Discovering the Stranger Within

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Right Brain—Left Brain and
the Conscious and Unconscious Mind

The Left Brain

Language and Consciousness

Language is often a tool of consciousness. We usually think in words and use language to label, describe, and communicate our experiences. It is through language and thought that we are able to manipulate the world, describe ourselves, make predictions about the future, and symbolize aspects of the past in verbal memory and in written form. Via these modalities, we are able to analyze and describe the world as we view it and to express ourselves in a multimodal, multidimensional fashion.

Not only are consciousness, language, and linguistic thought intimately interrelated, but all are supported and maintained by the left half of the brain. It is the left brain that controls the ability to talk and think in words, and it is the left brain that listens and analyzes spoken and written language. The abilities to produce linguistic knowledge and verbal thought, to engage in mathematical and analytical reasoning, or to process and express information in a temporal-sequential, grammatical, and rhythmical fashion are associated with the functional

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