I am becoming increasingly fascinated with how the whole left brain / right brain dichotomy influences how people relate to the world around them (especially as it applies to the idea of finding the right career path).
Last week, Jen at Circadian Shift turned me on to an online test that helps you determine the degree to which you are left brain or right brain dominant (as well as the degree to which you are an auditory or visual processor).
I took it and found that I came down right smack in the middle, with a 50% rating for each side of the brain (which sounds about right). It also gives you a description based on the results. Here's part of mine (which also seems pretty accurate)...
You are a well-rounded person, distinctly individualistic and artistic, an active and multidimensional learner. At the same time, you are logical and disciplined, can operate well within an organization, and are sensitive towards others without losing objectivity. You are organized and goal-directed. Although a "thinking" individual, you "take in" entire situations readily and can act on intuition.
Interestingly, one of my real strengths in my Passion Catalyst work is my ability to move fluidly back and forth between the linear and non-linear, applying a more left brain or right brain approach as the client or situation requires. I often find my work with clients flowing between intuitive leaps and methodical step-by-step analysis.
Here's an interesting page discussing right brain / left brain processing as it applies to students and what approach to learning works best for them. It looks at things such as:
- Linear Vs. Holistic Processing
- Sequential Vs. Random Processing
- Symbolic Vs. Concrete Processing
- Logical Vs. Intuitive Processing
- Verbal Vs. Nonverbal Processing
- Reality-Based Vs. Fantasy-Oriented Processing
As with any self-awareness, it's not so much the "what am I" (left or right brained) that is relevant, but the, "How does this actually apply to my life?"