You may have heard the terms ‘right-brained’ and ‘left-brained’ before but do you know what they mean?
The human brain is divided into two hemispheres, each of which processes specific types of information. The left is the logical, analytical side and the right is more creative and intuitive. Most of us tend to operate more naturally from one side than the other, especially under stress. The hemisphere we are most comfortable in will also dictate what activities we enjoy and what kind of career we would be most happy and fulfilled in.
How do you know if you’re more left- or more right-brained?
You’re probably more left-brained if you tend to:
- Be analytical and logical
- Make decisions based on thoughts rather than emotions or instinct
- Prefer words to images
- Like to control situations
- Prefer to follow a defined process
You’re probably more right-brained if you tend to:
- Be creative
- Make decisions based on emotions or instinct rather than thoughts
- Prefer images to words
- Generally go with the flow of things
- Jump right in and feel your way through things
Neither of these is better than the other as each side has a particular purpose. Some people are even ‘bridge brains’, naturally using both sides. The good news is that we can learn to use both hemispheres more equally, a skill which is extremely useful as it gives us access to a wide range of abilities.
To develop your right brain if you’re more left-brained:
- Try a creative hobby like painting or drawing
- Practice accepting things and people the way they are, without judgement, even if you don’t agree with them
- Pretend to be spontaneous
To develop your left brain if you are more right-brained:
- Try some brain teasers or crossword puzzles
- Practice seeing different sides to a story and try to describe each side
- Plan something in detail
With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to access more of the opposite side of your brain, along with a whole new way of seeing the world!
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