Friday, September 27, 2013

Are you right or left brain dominant?


Our brains have a right and a left hemisphere. The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body and the left hemisphere the right side. The left hemisphere is associated with logical, sequential thinking, for language. On the other hand, the right hemisphere is involved with taking an overall view. Artistic abilities, spatial orientation and recognition, are the domain of the right hemispheric influence. 

Left hemisphere is about words, analytic categories and the right hemisphere is about pictures, associated with emotional, interpersonal and spatial realms. Left hemisphere seems to be more oriented towards happy thoughts, optimism and the right towards pessimism, reaction, and hostility. Negative emotions are processed in the inner right hemisphere in the front part of the brain. The left side represents our head and the right side our heart.

“I am the right brain.  I am creativity, a free spirit.  I am passion. Yearning, sensuality.  I am the sound of roaring laughter.  I am taste, the feeling of sand beneath bare feet.  I am movement. I am vivid colour, the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art, poetry.  I sense.  I feel.  I am everything I wanted to be.”


The right hemisphere gives us a more direct sense of the whole body, our emotions and the pictures of our experience. Nonverbal signals are created and perceived by the right side of the brain. It is more active during the first years of life. Later as the left hemisphere becomes more active words become more important. 


There are cyclical phases of growth and development in the right and left hemispheres through childhood and adolescence. The right side is sensitive to the subtle cues of language, facial expression, to body language; as a result one can observe the difference between what someone says and what they may really mean. The right side is more process oriented, taking into consideration the larger picture. The right side sees the overall content in things. It is also what makes us feel connected to the universe, as being part of the big picture.

“I am the left brain.  I am a scientist, a mathematician.  I love the familiar.  I categorize.  I am accurate, linear, analytical.  Strategic, practical, I am always in control.  A master of words and language.  Realistic, I calculate equations and play with numbers.  Order, logic.  I know exactly who I am.”



The left side is the intellectual, motivating and driving part of our mind. It represents our individualistic side.  Conventional education focuses on factual knowledge and problem solving, which is the domain of the left hemisphere. 













While the two hemispheres complement each other and work together when we interact with others, sometimes one side is more dominant than the other and represents two aspects of our personality, different set of values. Normally we engage both hemispheres, each in its own way, and each complimenting the other. It is in our interest to keep a healthy balance between the different types of influences that the two hemispheres exert on our mind, our motivations and perspectives in life.



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