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LIFESTYLE | 4 Years Ago By Diana Adams

Right Brain vs. Left Brain | Which Do You Use Most?

It’s the age old question, which is better, to be right brained or left brained? I ask, “Why do we have to be one or the other?” I don’t like being put into a box and labeled, and I truly believe anyone can develop whichever half of their brain that they choose.

We are not predisposed from birth to be predominately either right or left brained. It is something we develop. Unfortunately, most traditional schools encourage children to think mostly with the left side of their brain, thus discouraging creativity and creative problem solving. Contrary to popular belief, one is not better than the other. Right brained and left brained simply just refers to two different ways of thinking.

Left Brain Functions: uses logic, detail oriented, facts rule, words and language, math and science, can comprehend, knowing, acknowledges, order/pattern perception, reality based, forms strategies, practical, safe

Right Brain Functions: uses feeling, “big picture” oriented, imagination rules, symbols and images, philosophy and religion, can “get it” i.e. meaning, believes, appreciates, spatial perception, fantasy based, presents possibilities, risk taking

Typical examples of left brained careers include: lawyers, accountants, scientists, engineers, librarians, programmers, clerks and bankers. Typical examples of right brained careers include: entrepreneurs, athletes, sales, artists, musicians, craftsmen, designers and dancers.

This video below will help you assess whether you are primarily a right brained thinker or a left brained thinker. If you see this dancer spinning clockwise, then you use more of the right side of your brain. If you see her spinning counter clockwise, then you use more of the left side of your brain. According to what I’ve read, if you focus, you can change the direction she is spinning.

I believe I am both, but lately, the right side of my brain has completely taken over. Hence, I only see her spinning clockwise and I am unable to figure out how to get her to spin the other way. Which way is she spinning for you?

Thank you to http://www.flickr.com/photos/e8albumdkmatai/4269374302/ for the great brain diagram above.

 
 
 
 
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Author: Diana Adams

Diana has a passion for blogging and has written over 4,000 blog posts. You can usually find Diana working in her home office in Atlanta or sitting in the corner of a downtown Starbucks somewhere with her mobile devices in one hand and a Grande Caramel Macchiato in the other. She loves Star Wars, hot chicken wings, and nice people.

5 Comments

anjali

January 24th, 2013

the dancer is spinning both ways. its no illusion

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Maree

May 28th, 2013

I noticed spinning both ways without me trying to change. It’s not an illusion.

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Elena

July 17th, 2013

I can see the dancer moving only anti clock-wise even though i tried a lot 2 see vice versa..

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bahamas92

August 24th, 2013

I saw the dancer going counter-clockwise until I really looked at the feet.

After it says “need help” , they change the spinning direction. which is not illusion

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Kylie

November 29th, 2013

I saw it going clockwise and then it changed to counter-clockwise

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