December 7, 2016
Reading With The Right Brain by David Butler is a rather intriguing and unique book.
It’s premise is that individuals, by employing the use of the right brain, will be able of not just increase their reading speed, but be able to further solidify their comprehension by visualizing the words as ideas, rather than just words.
At first glance, this might seem far out. But after some practice it became easier and easier to accomplish and the more one does it the easier it is to employ. It’s definitely a very right-brained way of conceptualizing words which solidifies comprehension. The visuals, at least for me, played out like a movie once you get the hang of it.
In any case, Reading With The Right Brain also features the concept of reading clusters of words in one shot rather than words individually, which increases your speed. At first, this was harder to get used too then the other above technique, but after all the examples in the book and extra reading it’s coming along rather well.
For instance, instead of reading each component of a sentence such as ‘the-dog-barked’ word by word, one reads it by seeing it as thedogbarked, which combines all three words as a cluster. This might seem confusing, or even outlandish at first, until we realize that many words we use in our daily lives are compound words, it’s just that we are used to them. Examples of this are driveway, highway, airport, baseball, forever, nearby, etc. etc.
Once one views his suggestion/technique from that lens, the reader will definitely see where he’s getting at. Admittedly, some word clusters are easier to fuse than others, but with time one gets the hang of it.
Butler also gives many common sense tips, some more common sense than others, while also shedding light to some myths that abound in the arena of ‘speed reading’.
Keeping in mind that having read two speed reading books and finding those helpful, this book still feature new information that has definitely added value to my reading repertoire. Practice has been vital though.
Another beneficial component the book showcases are the excerpts of stories that Butler provides. The words are clustered in black and grey and alternate as each word cluster switches. This was very helpful because the author didn’t have to put this there, he could have simply taught the idea while not providing any further fuel for the fire so to speak.
Considering all its parts, this book has enough value for it to be implemented as part of one’s repertoire. Whether one is a beginner learning this, or has some experience in this area, the book gives shows more than useful information to make it worth your while.