Are you right-brained, left-brained or both?

Spinning ladyThere is a theory that suggests each person has a natural tendency to use a particular “side” of their brain in doing most things. This theory is one that can quite effectively explain the tendencies some individuals have and can also be a significantly powerful tool to use when assembling teams. Some people are broad thinking visionaries (right-brainers) and some people could care less about the “big picture” and prefer to focus on specifics (left-brainers).

The table below provides a brief example of the tendencies that Left and Right brainers have, respectively, and the image serves as a test! Is the dancer spinning clockwise or counter-clock-wise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning counter-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS

  • uses logic
  • detail oriented
  • facts rule
  • words and language
  • present and past
  • math and science
  • can comprehend
  • knowing
  • acknowledges
  • order/pattern perception
  • knows object name
  • reality based
  • forms strategies
  • practical
  • safe
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS

  • uses feeling
  • “big picture” oriented
  • imagination rules
  • symbols and images
  • present and future
  • philosophy & religion
  • can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
  • believes
  • appreciates
  • spatial perception
  • knows object function
  • fantasy based
  • presents possibilities
  • impetuous
  • risk taking
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