Why You Should Say “I Love You” in their Left Ear

Apparently, if you want to tell someone something sensitive, best to confess in their left ear. As we are cross-wired human beings (our left side of the body corresponds to the right hemisphere of the brain, and vice versa), the right side of our brain is more adequate in processing emotions. So, confiding in a left ear will leave you in a better position. How awkward is that?! If only you knew that the last time you told your friend you didn’t like their outfit, or told your boss you didn’t like their ideas. So, if you are planning on saying the “L word” to your date at a dinner, make sure that person is sitting on your right side!

The brain’s cross-wiring works the other way around too. If you want to ask for directions, do it in the person’s right ear. Our right ear corresponds to our left side of the brain- the less emotional side, and more rational- so nonemotional information is processed more easily through this ear.

Here are other “side effects”:

If you have a zit on your left cheek, don’t worry! The right side of your face is the one others notice more. In fact, if you take a picture of yourself, and mirror the right side onto your left, that image will look more like you than two left halves put together! As humans, we innately look at the top left of our visual field- to a person facing you, that is the right side of their face- and once identity is established there, why keep going?

We have a “left-side cradling bias” which means we hold a baby so that they rest on our left elbows. Positioned this way, the baby’s facial expression are processed first by your emotional right brain. This allows for faster communication of the babies’ needs and faster bonding.

Also, consider this: research subjects who tapped the fingers on their right hand (which corresponds to their rational left side of their brain) for 30-45 seconds, are less willing to engage in risky behaviour like drinking and driving. Movement on your right side activates the left-side of your brain which always looks to avoid risk!

Also see How Can Your Bladder Make You a Better Decision Maker?Does the Moon Rule Your Life? and How Does Kneeling Down Help You Remember?

1 Comment

  • October 13, 2010

    Hadi Hamra

    Shirine … I love ur site…. so interesting !!
    Keep the good articles flowing 🙂
    You are gonna be an amazing dinner guest soon :p

    Hadi ( caramel nouras bday )

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