Lack of attention is one of the issues that we have heard frequently lately, but for which there are not enough resources for drug-free solutions. Today, one of the main problems of both adults and children is attention deficit and forgetfulness.
The first organ that comes to mind when it comes to attention deficit and forgetfulness is undoubtedly our brain. The brain generally consists of two main parts: the right lobe and the left lobe. Recent studies have shown us that both lobes of the brain are active in different functions. While the right lobe is more active in subjects such as visuality, seeing the whole, and artistic activities, our left lobe is more active in functions such as academic activities, language learning, and seeing details. The main factor in eliminating attention deficit and reducing forgetfulness is activating both lobes of the brain.
In the vast majority of people, one lobe of the brain is dominant. Either our right lobe or our left lobe is actively working. Being able to activate both lobes is the basis for reducing forgetfulness and eliminating attention deficit.
By examining many factors, it is possible to learn which lobe of the brain is active in a person. I would like to share some of these factors with you. For example, if you were able to grasp and learn verbal lessons more easily during school years, if you dream frequently, if you remember your dreams clearly, if you like to play team games, if you use hand-arm gestures and gestures a lot, if you do not have difficulty in estimating the time, if you do not easily forget a face you see, you probably your right lobe is active. On the contrary, if you were able to grasp and learn numerical lessons more easily during school years, if you rarely dream and cannot remember your dreams clearly, if you enjoy doing individual sports more, if you do not use your body language much when speaking, if you have difficulty in estimating the time, if you have difficulty remembering people’s faces, know the names easily. most likely your left lobe is active.
As a matter of fact, a human being is born with active use of both lobes of the brain at the time of birth. However, with the events, situations, reactions given to them, feedback, etc., one of our lobes is unconsciously activated, while the other unintentionally becomes passive. For example, suppose a small child paints and is praised for it. Naturally, this child will continue to paint, and the brain lobe he used for this action (the right lobe for this activity) will also begin to activate. So the saying “Working iron shines” applies here. Of course, the opposite is also true. In other words, in this case, the phrase “Iron that does not work will rust” begins to prevail.
What we call attention consists of the blood supply of the frontal cortex of our brain in the physiological sense. In other words, anything that circulates our frontal cortex will increase our attention and prolong our focus time.
We can compare the blood supply of our frontal cortex and the active use of both lobes of our brain. If we do not have a physical disability, we do not have difficulty in the act of ‘walking’. We can easily go from place to place using both legs and this activity does not force us much. However, I want you to visualize a picture like this in your mind. Imagine that they teach you to walk with one leg even though you have two healthy legs from birth and you walk with one leg. All your life you have always walked with one leg. Although you have two legs, you are trying to reach from place to place with one leg, that is, by jumping. This would undoubtedly be an absurd, unnecessary and exhausting activity. Because jumping requires a serious effort. At the same time, it would be foolish not to use one when you have two legs at the same time. But what to do, that’s what you’ve been taught. In this case, the act of walking would undoubtedly be like torture. Going from one place to another would get you in serious trouble.
In fact, using one lobe of the brain active and leaving the other inactive is like walking with one leg in this example. Now the question is: When we have two brain lobes, how accurate is it to use one and try to learn and retain something in this way? If someone were to tell you that you have a second leg and that you can use it for walking, and you, who are used to walking with one leg from birth, would no doubt say: “The WALKING ACTION HAS CHANGED AS I THOUGHT; IT IS ACTUALLY A VERY SIMPLE ACTION.”
Now I want to ask you a simple math question. But it’s really simple. How much is 1+1? Feel free to answer, because there is no game in that. The answer is very simple: it’s 2. But what does this 2 result in? If the question is asked for the 10 system, the answer is correct. However, the question and the answer would have changed if it had been asked, for example, in the 2-degree system instead of the 10-degree system. If I’m not mistaken, the answer to this question, 1+1, should be 10 in the 2 system. (Let’s apologize to fellow mathematicians.) As you can see, WHEN THE “SYSTEM” CHANGES, THE RESULT CHANGES.
When we use both lobes of our brain together The “SYSTEM” will change and naturally the RESULT will change and we will be able to see how excellent things our brain can actually accomplish.Just like the surprise and joy of a person accustomed to walking with one leg when he learns that he can walk with both legs.
It is possible to improve attention, strengthen memory and prevent forgetfulness in this way. There are a few important concepts here. Now I want to talk about them.
Visuality is perhaps the most important concept in attention and memory. When an information becomes visual, forgetting is greatly reduced. The second important concept is emotions. The most important point in keeping the memories in mind and being able to be remembered years later is the intense feelings.
I want to ask two questions here.
First: What did you have for dinner ten days ago?
Second: Do you have any memories of your childhood?
In my seminars, I usually ask the participants these two questions. While the vast majority of respondents did not remember the first question, I could not find a single person who answered no to the second question, that is, ‘I don’t remember anything about my childhood’. A question from ten days ago; one years ago. Why do you think this happens? The answer to this question is hidden in the concept I mentioned above, namely emotions. When emotion comes into play, forgetting is almost zero. Especially if the emotion – positive or negative – is intense, forgetting almost never happens.
Another concept is difference. Ten days ago, if you ate with a famous and admired athlete or with an artist you love, would you forget? Diversity is the most important thing that catches our attention. If we see a pine tree completely covered with purple in a forest area covered with pine trees, I think we will immediately attract our attention and want to take a picture of that tree. Like this, if someone told you they saw a cat, it wouldn’t get our attention. However, if this was a talking cat and we could actually see it, we would remember that moment for the rest of our lives and tell it to everyone we come across. The only difference between the two trees/cats is the difference. What is different stays in mind.
Besides and beyond all this, there is another concept. He again. Repetition is one of the indispensable conditions in learning and memorization. If our goal is to learn something, we must do it again. What I want to emphasize here is this: If we can improve our attention and activate both lobes of our brain, the number of repetitions we need to do will start to decrease drastically. We can achieve more permanent learning in less time.
Now I would like to end the article by talking about a few things that can be done. However, I have one condition for these things to do; continuity. You have to repeat what I’m about to say EVERY DAY. I think I heard you say “promise”. Well then I continue.
First, before going to bed, sit up straight each night and practice remembering that day, but backwards. More precisely, do it from evening to morning. Always ask yourself the following question; “What did I just do?” Don’t forget to think through as much as possible about your answer to this question. So “What did I just do?” If the answer to the question is I watched a movie, take a look at the movie; consider the events, the topic; think actor, actress etc. If you watched the match, consider the score; Think about who scored the goals, in what minute the goals were scored, etc. Keep remembering until the moment you wake up in the morning.
Second, do things with your opposite hand. For example, write with your opposite hand for 15 minutes every day. Keep time and try to write more words each day, and it is subject to smoother writing as well. Do almost all of your work with the reverse hand once in a while. Mix the sugar of the tea with the opposite hand, for example, open the door with the opposite hand, cut with the scissors with the opposite hand, etc. Remember, the brain works diagonally. In other words, when working with your right hand, the left lobe works, while working with your left hand, the right lobe works.
Third, make changes in your daily work. For example, change the way you go to work, get off the minibus one stop earlier, change the shape of your room from time to time, etc. Make the brain work differently with changes.
Fourth, engage your senses. Smell them when you buy things from the grocery store or market. Smell the tomato, cucumber, pepper etc. Examine their shapes. Be sure to discover many beauties. Look, touch, smell before you pop something in your mouth while eating. At least you might have the chance to commemorate the One Who Gives You Sustenance.
Finally, stay away from the disease called television. At least reduce your viewing time. The thing that makes the brain idle the most is television and similar things.
And read lots of books.