April 25


A Foolproof Way to Tickle the Right Part of Your Brain

By Harry Heijligers

April 25, 2021

limbic brain, neo-cortex brain, reptilian brain

You deserve the best in life. You know that, right?

And you have everything it takes to get that!

Everything is already available to you ...

right under your skull!

But as you probably know, most people only use a few percent of their brain. That's a pity because their potential is much greater than that.

Imagine you could access and use the right parts of your brain when you need it.

Imagine the wonderful things that could be accomplished!

You will realize your potential when you realize how powerful your human brain actually is.


Would you like to know...

How to tickle the right parts of your brain..

to unlock your power?

Well, then please read on!


The "Right Brain" and "Left Brain"

The right brain and left brain are two different sides of the human brain.

They control and process different things.

The dominant side of your brain (the one you use the most) is determined by your personality type.

I'm sure you have heard people say that they are "right-brained" or "left-brained." But what does that actually mean?

The right brain is known as the creative side, responsible for imagination, visualization, and spontaneity.

It is thought of as the creative side of your brain, and it's used for problem-solving, creativity, and abstract thinking.

The left-brain is known as the logical side. It's responsible for processing and controlling information, facts, logic, language, math skills, and reasoning.

The two hemispheres of your brain also differ when it comes to the perception of time.

The left hemisphere perceives time serially, while the right hemisphere perceives time more holistically.

The dominant hemisphere affects your personality.

Researchers have shown that people with left-brain dominance tend to be organized, organized, and detail-oriented.

On the other hand, people who tend to be right-brain dominant tend to be more impulsive, relaxed, and open to new experiences.

This is why they say that the left-brain is logic and the right-brain is creativity.

I want to take this a step further and show another way to look at your brain.

Because there is a left and right side, there is also something called the Triune Brain. Paul D. MacLean proposed the Triune Brain theory for the first time in the 1960s. The human brain is composed of three components: the reptilian brain, limbic system, and neocortex.:

The other three brains

If you had a look below your skull, you would see that other brains exist: the Reptilian Brain, the Limbic Brain, and the Neo-cortex Brain.

They all have a different purpose and play a different role in your life.

The Reptilian Brain, the oldest part from an evolutionary point of view, preserves your body.

It wants you to stay safe and never leave your comfort zone. It is also in charge of maintaining basic reflexes and blocking out the outside world.

Therefore, it is the part that determines every second of the day where you pay attention to... or not.

The Limbic Brain is a newer part of the brain. It contains all the emotion circuits, which help you perceive your surroundings, sense fear, and pleasure, and identify friends from enemies.

The Neocortex Brain is the newest part of the brain. It is responsible for all your higher-level reasoning. It's also responsible for figuring out how we interact, what we think, and how we feel about things.

What's Your Brain Type?

No one uses all parts of his or her brain equally.

Some people are more "left-brainers" others are "right-brainers." Some people behave very primitively due to the fact they let their reptilian brains rule them. Others act very sophisticatedly due to the fact they let their neocortex brain lead them.

The first thing that you need to do is find out which part of your brain dominates. How to do that is for another article.

I'm here to tell you that it's essential to know which parts of your brain are "underused." Because especially when we are stuck, it's probably due to the overuse of one part of your brain and the underuse of the others.

If that's the case, you can now deliberately decide to invoke those other brain parts as well.

So... how do you do that?

Well, here's how:

Tickle Your Brain

The 5x3 things you can do today to tickle your brain the right way

Do this if you want to stimulate the right side of your brain:

Use this when you are overthinking too much.

Doodle for 15 minutes

The right side of the brain controls creativity. When you want to be creative, just grab a pen and paper and start doodling. You'll get ideas flowing within minutes.

Listen to music that resonates with you

The right side of the brain controls your emotions. That's why you should choose music that resonates with you on a deep emotional level.

Enjoy imaginative time

The right side of the brain controls imagination. Try taking a walk or simply daydream while you stare out your window. Your right side brain loves to play!

Do this if you want to stimulate the left side of your brain:

Use this when you need more structure in your life.

Write a list of the challenges you face

The left side of the brain controls the "executive function." By writing down your challenges, you stimulate your left brain, and it will start to come up with answers.

Play something like Scrabble or Wordfeud

The left side of the brain controls strategic thinking and logical reasoning. Additionally, it manages language. The language that has a lot of complexity stimulates your left brain more.

Read an interesting article

The left side of the brain controls information processing and the ability to learn. Feeding it with something interesting will stimulate it.

Do this if you want to stimulate your reptilian brain:

Use this when you feel drained, experience decision fatigue, and want to restore your energy.

Spend time in nature

The reptilian brain controls survival and safety. Nature has this remarkable ability to make you feel safe and secure when you are in it. Things such as to scents, colors, the feeling of the wind on your skin all bubble up from the reptilian brain and make you feel at peace.

Eat something healthy and energizing

The reptilian brain controls homeostasis - the ability to balance your body. The more balanced your body, the more balanced your mind will be.

Listen to relaxing music

The reptilian brain controls the rhythms and breathing of your body. Music is effective at calming you down because it does so naturally.

Do this if you want to stimulate your limbic brain:

Use this when you feel disconnected.

Call someone you genuinely love or care about

The limbic brain controls emotional memory and all of those good feelings from being in love.

Listen to a podcast or read something personal

The limbic brain controls your individuality. It's the source of all your core beliefs, values, and worldviews.


The limbic brain is the seat of emotions and experience. You can use meditation to calm your emotions, cultivate a sense of inner peace and become more in tune with your inner consciousness.

Do this if you want to stimulate your neo-cortex brain:

Use this when you want to switch off your autopilot and take more responsibility for your life.

Journal for 10 minutes

Write down how you would like to feel in 30 days. The neo-cortex brain looks forward. It is the planning brain.

Think about the impact you want to have

The neo-cortex brain plans. It is the strategic brain. Looking at the role your future self plays in the world stimulates this part of your brain.

Switch to your non-dominant hand

When you are on auto-pilot, you will automatically use your dominant hand in everything you do. But deliberately using your non-dominant hand for something forces you to do things consciously and on purpose. This puts your neo-cortex brain in control.


Your brain is under your control, so you can decide how to do things. You have to be picky about which part of your brain you use, according to the situation and your needs. Turn off the brain areas that are already activated. Switch on the parts of your brain that you need to put to work. Just choose any of the above actions appropriate to the relevant brain part.

What's your dominant brain part? And what is your weakest link? Feel free and give me your thoughts in the comments below.Enter your text here...

Harry Heijligers

About the author

Harry Heijligers has more than 25 years of experience as a Project Manager and more than 17 years of experience as an NLP Trainer. He has a Dutch blog about NLP here: HarryHeijligers.com.
If you'd like to know about the Smart Leadership Hut, please check this: Smart Leadership Hut.

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