Now that I have your attention I have to confess that my question doesn’t refer to anything as controversial as sexual preference or politics or religion, but that gray, spongy mass that hangs out in your skull and directs the traffic of your everyday living. I’m talking about your brain. Do you swing left? Or do you swing right? We all use both sides, but most of us have a preference when we problem solve or make a decision.
At one time, many scientists believed that if you were right-brain dominant, you tended to be left-handed and vice-versa. They’ve pretty well thrown that theory out the window. They also thought that we only used about ten percent of our brain. That one got tossed out the window, too. It seems that we use all of our brain, but have various nooks and crannys that we use for different types of thinking.
Don’t know which side of the gray matter you favor? Left-brain thinkers tend to be logical, analytical, rational and sequential in their thinking. They look at the parts before they can see the whole picture. Are you good at math and science? Can you think on your feet and easily express yourself verbally? It’s likely you favor the left. Our educational system is geared toward left-brain thinking, but I won’t get started on that because you don’t want to hear me rant.
Right-brain thinkers tend to be more creative, but are often more random in their thinking. (Some right-brain thinker/writers even write their chapters out of order because they don’t seem to be able to help themselves.) They’re frequently guided by intuition, by aesthetics and the five senses. They learn best visually and tend to see the whole picture before they can see the parts. Musicians, writers, artist tend to fall into this category.
If you’re still not sure which side you favor, check out the twirling dancer. Even if you are sure, check her out anyway, because it’s fun. I first saw her several years ago and thought she was the coolest thing ever. When I look at her, she’s twirling clock-wise and that doesn’t change no matter how long I look. My husband sees her twirling counter-clock-wise. Some people see her going both ways. If you see her going clock-wise, you’re likely a right-brainer. (new technical term) If you see her rotating counter-clock-wise, you’re likely a left-brainer.(another new technical term) If you see her rotating both ways or can change her direction at will, my guess is that the difference in which side you use isn’t that great.
Take a minutes, stare at the pretty lady and see which way you swing. Happy twirling!