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What is Dual-Brain Psychology?
In his book 'Of Two Minds: The Revolutionary Science of Dual-Brain Psychology', Dr. Fredric Schiffer describes a study in which two pairs of goggles were shown to cause an increase in activity in the two hemispheres of the brain. Fredric Schiffer suggests that, for some people, a pair of these goggles may stimulate their conscious or ‘more mature’ mind.
"In this experiment, different emotional responses were elicited in normal persons when movies were directed to one hemisphere or the other. This experiment prompted Schiffer to construct two sets of eyeglasses:
· One with lenses that were opaque except at the extreme left side and
· One with lenses that were opaque except at the extreme right side.
The glasses directed all visual input to a single hemisphere of the brain. Schiffer asked patients to put on one set of glasses and tell him what they experienced. He then asked them to put on the other set of glasses and tell him what they experienced. He observed that for a substantial number of patients, one set of glasses tended to have a calming effect, whereas the other set caused patients to feel depressed, edgy, anxious, or agitated.
With the use of the glasses, Schiffer developed a psychotherapeutic approach that involved speaking directly to the troubled mind (hemisphere). Over time, he observed clinical improvement. Schiffer states, ``The aim of `dual-brain' therapy is to mend the archaic, destructive ideas and emotions of the mind on the troubled side, to teach it that it is safer and more valuable than it learned during some traumatic experiences.... I teach patients how to recognize and listen for the mind in their troubled hemisphere, and then how to speak to it -- out loud!''