Your emotional intelligence unraveled

Your emotional intelligence unraveled

In my previous articles I wrote about a few functions of the brain. How these functions, if they stop working, undermine your life on all levels: physical and mental health, all kinds of relationships with others and career. Today I will tell you more about your emotional intelligence. As I already told previously, it isn’t situated in the right side of the brain, but in the left side. This is important information, because highly sensitive and dyslectic people suffer unnecessarily. When I was young, I used to have depressions, so I know how it is if you feel so much.

So … we have learned that our logical thinking ability finds itself in the left side of the brain and the feeling ability in the right side. Yes, the right side feels more than it thinks: that is true. But I have observed many people during the years I had a healing practice and there were many, many customers and readers of my blog and newsletters who lived merely on the right side of their brain. The most important thing I discovered there was that these people live for themselves. Caring about others is not done automatically, as it is to people who live on the left side of the brain. They aren’t necessarily selfish, but they are self-centered. So the feeling ability of the right side of the brain is not about caring and loving. That function is found in the left side, which harbours your real EQ.

I started thinking and fishing out for more information. And I registered the following: people of the right side of the brain are most of the time not very happy. They have issues with depression, a lack of courage and decisiveness and many other negative emotions. They are convinced they can’t get out of their situation in order to become happy again and they can’t think positive. The negative emotions are stuck in their brain, making them even physically ill. So I started writing on my blog about that and adviced them to make puzzles like sudokus and to eat cocoa and bananas to get the left side of the brain, the merry one, to work again.

Well, that wasn’t that easy. First of all, people of the right side [of the brain] think they know everything better and don’t listen to advice. That is their defence, because they suffer on the inside from all these depressed feelings. They are stuffed with irritation, frustration, anger, sadness, fears and more. And often they feel what other people around them feel or think, or at least they catch things from others. That is of course frightening and very annoying too, let’s be honest! Where do you think the Annoying Orange had its roots?

Now since no-one actually knows what to do about this problem, these people have started calling themselves ‘HSP’ (highly sensitive person) and looking for each other. They form groups and mourn and complain together. Yes, looking for other people who are like you is a great idea! It’s not a disease if you live on your right brain side. But it IS problematic to always pick up stimuli from the environment! And it is very well possible to do something about it. It’s not easy and does not happen overnight, but it is possible to feel much better.

Since I am exactly the opposite, I always see ways out of any situation. I am so optimistic that you may find me idealistic or a dreamer. But my right hemisphere works a lot less well than the left one! Any negativity that somewhere sees a chance to enter my mind, is quickly processed by my self-healing ability – or the judging committee as I mostly call it – and then sent away as useless. In me it works so fast that I don’t even believe in stagnation. But if this processing tool in your brain is in the off-mode, you are incapable of changing a thing in your life: because you just don’t believe things can actually change.

A substantial part of your self-healing ability is actually situated in the frontal lobe: the part of your brain just behind your forehead. As you see on the picture above, it is known that this is the place where you take decisions and solve problems. And it is the place where you try out new things in your life too. But if it doesn’t work properly, it is stuffed with negative emotions and it makes you suffer. You become such a person that always says there is no solution to a problem and no way out of a situation. You know the politicians who think that way! But maybe you also know people in your environment who think like that. Yet like Barack Obama said in this election campaign: YES WE CAN! We can change it, just read on to see how.


Sodium and potassium

How? Well, a low sodium causes negative emotions. Or actually: it makes it possible to retain these. A low sodium inhibits a good functioning of the left hemisphere of the brain, which processes emotions. So if you supplement your sodium in the frontal lobe of your brain, you will start feeling more positive and a lot happier. There are more substances ‘guilty’ of negative emotions: mercury, carbon, fluorine and MSG (E621). Together, these substances inhibit a good functioning of your self-healing ability. A very good solution for this is not to eat too much fish and seaweed, sea salt or Himalayan salt instead of table salt, to choose a toothpaste without fluoride, not to use vinegar or turmeric (it keeps your sodium low and destroys the liver) and not to drink too much soda.

In order to control your level of sodium, you need potassium. Not from a pot please, but the complete potassium, which you find in fruit and good fruit juices or smoothies if you want. Do eat as much fruit as you can and do drink fruit juices, until you start feeling better. Any fruit will do, but ananas is the champion holder of potassium! What you should also do in order to get your complete brain to work again, is supplement your iron. Again not from a pot, but the complete iron from food: apples and apple juice, spinach, red beets, all kinds of cabbage, broccoli, lemon … And it would be good to drink concentrated juice of blackberries, rose hips, elderberries or blueberries. Here in Europe you can find these juices in organic and reform shops and they are sometimes sold as medical juices. I think in other countries it must be the same. If you take half a glass twice per day, you will very soon see a difference.

What the iron does, is stimulate your blood to quickly and effectively transport all nutrients from your liver to your whole body and also to your brain. If nutrients are very well transported – or produced – your brain will start working more completely. It will for instance order your liver to absorb more nutrients from your food and you will see your health improve. I can’t possibly predict what it will exactly do for you, because that is different for each person! But it will certainly improve your health. Examples I have seen: improvement of sight, better sleeping, people experiencing more energy and feeling more fit and general improvement.

The only preservation is that if you are under treatment of a doctor, it would be wise to ask for their advice. It doesn’t happen often, but some people have a high iron. That is the basical iron (ferritine), not the complete iron. But in that case you should maybe not be too enthusiastic with the concentrated juices. And it is possible that there are more situations in which you should be a bit careful supplementing your iron. Wisdom is the best thing in life, so please ask advise from your doctor in case you have any doubt about following my fruit advice.




© Sophia Vassiliou


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