MW069 — Psychiatrist and Author, Iain McGilChrist: The Relationship Between Our Minds and Brains

A better world, one that’s happier and has more meaning, begins with our brains — more specifically, in recognizing the power of the left and right hemispheres. Iain McGilChrist, psychiatrist and widely published author on literature, philosophy, and medicine, challenges us to stop the constant movement of our daily lives and open our minds to the possibilities of what lies in the silence.

During his time studying in Oxford, Iain discovered and decided the mind-body problem was the most interesting question in philosophy; and as a result, he trained in medicine and active psychiatry with an interest in the relationship between mind and brain. Iain’s best known for his work, The Master and his Emissary and now lives on the Isle of Skye, where he continues to write and make a living by lecturing.

Get lost in the habit of being open and receptive. Get lost in your mind!

Key Takeaways:

Your brain’s functions. The left hemisphere of the brain’s practical, decisive, and analytical; whereas the right side’s where your passion and creativity dwell. Sound about right? Turns out, much of what’s written about the left and right hemispheres is wrong. The TRUTH on the mystery behind our brain’s functions revealed…[7:37].

Your room of reflection. You’re sitting in a room surrounded by mirrors — what do you see beyond your reflection? Iain explains this as the trap of the left hemisphere. In life we need to go beyond what we see and know, but how? The SECRET of toning down your rationalistic mindset and being open to the unknown is…[13:19].

Your newfound balance. Wouldn’t it be great to harness the strengths that both your right and left hemispheres offer? Doing so you’d be able to find the balance of seeing life as a WHOLE, versus categorizing it into sections and labels. It’s possible, and learning how to do it will unlock your meaningful life. Start by practicing THIS…[25:24].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. That’s how we Live Lead and Play! 

Meet the host, Luke Iorio
All you really need to know is this: Luke Iorio is a dad, a spouse, an entrepreneur, a conscious growth strategist, coach, blogger, podcaster, a wide-angled observer, and enthusiastic participant in the game of life who seeks to ask and answer, “What’s truly possible?”
So where does that all come from? Well, for that we need to answer this: How does a shy kid from the suburbs of New Jersey grow up to become a conscious strategist, sought-after coach and speaker, and disrupter of life’s “good enough” status quo?
In a nutshell, Luke intentionally pushed through some of his most palpable moments, or what he calls inflection points. These moments included standing on stage, gripping a microphone, and getting totally out of his comfort zone. This repeated intention to “choose different” has catapulted Luke toward stellar success.
So, what happens AFTER you choose…when you start to take meaningful action? That’s when an inflection point becomes an open road — a pathway to living your intended purpose.
Luke’s path looks something like this…he became President of The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching at age 32, and has since graduated more than 11,000 coaches, leaders, athletes, and professionals across 44 countries, all of whom share his vision and desire for expanding our human potential and creating lasting, conscious change.
You could say Luke’s manifesto reads something like an everyday philosopher and spirited entrepreneur having been inspired early on by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Og Mandino. Nowadays, his intrinsic curiosity and wisdom is paying off as a media personality quoted on The Huffington Post, Fox Business, and Next Avenue, and most recently taking to the airwaves to entertain life’s pivotal questions with the help of celebrated thought leaders, mentors, and everyday unsung heroes.

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