What's Happening When Something Clicks?

I’ve been enjoying an extended “aha!” moment this week. You know the kind of thing: suddenly it all falls into place and seems to make a new kind of sense. It’s a profoundly satisfying feeling. I could sit about enjoying it all day – except that this particular insight has to do with the nature of…

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What’s Happening When Something Clicks?

I’ve been enjoying an extended “aha!” moment this week. You know the kind of thing: suddenly it all falls into place and seems to make a new kind of sense. It’s a profoundly satisfying feeling. I could sit about enjoying it all day – except that this particular insight has to do with the nature of…

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Leveraging the Unconscious Mind

At least 95 per cent of “thinking” occurs outside our conscious awareness. All kinds of things are going on in our bodies, and in the shadows of our brains, that we’ll never become aware of. And this unconscious processing is, to a large extent, what drives our behaviours. As Daniel Wenger puts it in The Illusion…

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Grasping embodied cognition: how we use our bodies to think

Why do we look up to those we respect, stoop to the level of those we disdain and think warmly about those we love? Why do we hide dirty secrets or wash our hands of worries? Why do we ponder weighty subjects and feel a load lift after we have made a decision? Why do…

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What is it about metaphor?

In The Master and His Emissary, Iain McGilchrist explores the relationship between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. And it’s no accident that he’s used a powerful metaphor as the title of his book. I’m still less than halfway through his book (after hearing McGilchrist speak at the NLP Conference last month) but…

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