Some years ago I heard about Arlene Taylor and her lectures on brain function and thinking styles. I was naturally curious, albeit somewhat skeptical. More recently I became involved with these concepts when my two sons completed the BTSA (Benziger Thinking Styles Assessment) in their search for personal understanding and educational direction. As a result, I believe Jon and Peter have a better sense of who they are and of their innate capabilities.
When my wife Cheryl and I enrolled in The Brain Program, completed the assessments, listened to Arlene, and then interacted with each other and with friends who were there, we realized in a new way that there were reasons behind our personalities and abilities. We found in these concepts a great tool to expand our thinking, to foster understanding, and to allow for acceptance.
In these pages you now hold in your hands (or will hold when you take the BTSA and/or attend The Brain Program), you’ll find the keys to many unopened doors as you interact with Arlene. You will sense her enthusiasm and become energized by it. You will better understand yourself and your fellow humans. You can then opt for acceptance rather than criticism and, I would hope, grow toward wholeness. You may also open wounds in this process and decide to change your direction.
As an internal medicine specialist, my education included studies in neurology and psychology but my first love has always been in areas of human behavior. It would have been wonderful to have the synthesis of this research when I went to school, but since I am still in school I have been able to incorporate this evolving science into my practice.
So to summarize:
When I say some things not really foreseen,
It isn’t because I’m somewhere between
A saint and a demon…
I’m human, I mean!
Thank you, Arlene, for your work!
Thomas E. Stiles, MD
Internal Medicine specialist with an interest in endocrinology and in behavioral health medicine (including learning difficulties and the brain)