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The X factor in the Science of Happiness

AvantiKumar | March 31, 2009
Why happiness is a matter of technology

The study of how people behave is no less scientific than quantum physics, Professor Khambatta, a teacher during my boyhood in London told me. Look for the underlying methodologies in the most sophisticated computer on the planet.

Khambatta said that the human brain is largely untapped, let alone understood. The programmes within it are instilled during a slanted education system that produces fear rather than confidence, and motivates much of our day to day thinking and action.

Inspired by such an approach and before my career in IT, as a qualified coach and hypnotherapist in the UK, I adapted left-brain & right-brain exercises into a structured coaching sequence primarily for directors and writers working in drama and creative arts in England. At the time, the twelve-step coaching sequence was a solution to the problem of how to switch between one side of the brain (editing mode) to the other (creative expression).

Debugging the brain

However, one of the X factors by-products of the coaching sequence included happiness, peace, inspiration, and other beneficial states.

These occur in what are now termed theta, delta, and gamma states (when pertaining to EEG and biofeedback measurements). Another teacher of mine in the early days, Emerson, identified the sequence of states as:

•    Beta (13-40 HZ) the conscious day-to-day critical left-brain state, where most people spend much of their lives.

•    Alpha (7-12 HZ) creative mode, in the so-called right-brain, identified by such symptoms as day-dreaming.

•    Theta (4-7 HZ) a deeper creative state

•    Delta (1-4 HZ) usually a deep healing sleep condition

•    Gamma (40 HZ) when both right and left brain are in balance, the person appears to be asleep but is in a heightened creative inspired, meditative condition.

The first three conditions are natural, whereas the desired highly-productive states Delta and Gammaare induced with definite techniques, as very rarely do we enter such states of high inspiration and happiness. The interesting thing about these higher states is that external factors do not affect the symptoms of inspiration and happiness, said Khambatta.

The first six steps in the coaching sequence deal with identifying and debugging the brain of restricting thought patterns, derived from our education and external world, whereas the second six steps are designed to instill new programming of our own goals and visions.

ICT and the creative value of fun

The economic downturn brings out the best and the worst in us, the chief executive officer of a large IT database company told me. ICT is both a blessing and a curse. The division between work and leisure is blurred. We work harder than previous generations and are far less happy.

 

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