Some would say that depends on the hand with which you write, but here’s a little test I found on the Herald Sun News site that might help you decide. Look at the picture below and see which way the dancer is spinning.
If she is turning clockwise you’re seeing with the right side of your brain, but if you see her turning counter-clockwise, you’re seeing with your left side of the brain. Now for the real trick -- try seeing her turn the opposite way from the way you’re seeing her turn right now. Make the other side of your brain work. It can be done, I know because I’m ambidextrous and my mind can see her dance in both directions.
My twin always says (quite proudly) she’s the only one between us that’s in her right mind. I guess you can safely assume from that statement, I’m a right handed person, whereas me twin is a lefty….we’re mirror twins but that’s a whole ‘nuther blog.
Facts are, most of the time I use my right hand to write, but because my twin is a lefty (only), all the things she taught me (when I was a child) like tying my shoes, pouring hot water from a pot, I do it with my left hand. Even now (when my left handed hubby) first taught me the computer, he set the mouse to our left, so I move the mouse with my left hand still to this day. Whatever I learn to do in the left handed way, I don’t convert it into a right hander’s style, unlike my twin and hubby, who managed to take the things I teach them from a right handed point of view and convert them into a lefty way of doing things to make it work for them.
So, this got me to thinking…. Oh, stop with the sighs…this is going to be interesting, I promise! Just use the left side of your brain for a wee minute! LOL
It got me to wondering if the side of the brain we use most, make us different people from those who use the other side of the brain? Can a person use only one side and never use the other half? By using the left brain most of the time, does that make me one kind of a person over being another kind of person, if I used the right brain more? What about a person who use both sides equally…are they more intelligent or just more confused? Does the dominant brain’s way of taking in information affect how we relate to others?
I asked myself more questions than this but I won’t torture you guys this week. LOL
So, does the side of the brain we use most make us different people?
The answer to this question is yes. The difference is HOW they arrange the information they get in their minds.
Left sided thinkers tend to be more linear in thinking. They see the details of a project, logically arrange all the parts of the situation and then they address the whole of the bigger picture. So, as a storyteller they will be more inclined to include all the little details of the costumes, characters and scenery, as well they might include the back story of what happened before the story begins and they won’t forget to embrace all the five senses within the telling. To the left brain person, it’s the journey of the tale that’s important not just the destination.
Where as a right brain thinker is more holistic in their views, they see the big picture first and don’t really worry about the details until after the job is done, and that's only if asked about them. As a writer they will writer short stories or stories that are very fast paced, few details or description. They’re going to get right to the meat of the plot. The end is the important part. At the end they may fill the reader in on some of the finer points that made their characters act the way they did...but don’t hold your breath. And you really don’t want a right brainer to tell you a joke; they tend to tell the punch line before they give you the set-up.
A right sided thinker has to know why they are doing something before they do the job, whereas a left brain thinker doesn’t really care why they’re asked to do a job, they only care about how they will complete it, and they will make out a detailed lists of what and how things will be done before they even begin to work. Lefty brainer’s love order. They love the process of how to do things. Their list will be numbered in sequential step on how it will be done. They would be good at writing “How to” books.
Right brain people are very good at multitasking because they usually fly by the seat of their pants anyway. So if you want a lot of things done, get a right brainer to do it. He’ll start it and be done with the job before the lefty has his list made. A lefty brain thinker is a "one job at a time" kind of guy.
Ever notice some people who study the cover of a magazine before they open it. Then they start reading it from page one all the way to the end? Yap, well that’s a left brain person. A right brainer picks up the mag and goes directly to the article they want to read, or they could start at the back and work forward.
A lefty will have an itinerary for his trip and will not be waylaid by anything along the way. A righty just goes, and out of the blue will suddenly take a side trip, even if it’ll make her arrive at her destination two days later than planned.
So, here are a few features to let you know which half of the brain does what:
Good with numbers, spelling,
linguistics, letters, names, dates,
symbols and memorizing formulas.
Loves puzzles and logic problems
Can understand voiced directions
uses North and South to give directions
Can express their thoughts verbally or
They work from knowledge
They’re reality based
Present and past
Not so organized
Needs to color code list to keep interest
Remembers faces better than names
Have a high sense of color
Hates brain teasers. Prefer concrete
Ideas, very visual learners.
Needs visual points to spot along the
way and will give landmarks when
Hard to express their feelings,
need visual reinforcements, they need
to feel the hug or see your tears of
They work from emotions
They’re fantasy based
Present and future
Can a person use only one side of the brain and never use the other half?
No, most people use both sides of their brains, but there is a dominant side.
By using the right brain most of the time, does that make me one kind of a person over being a different person if I used the left brain more?
Yes, as you can see from the list above you’d be totally different if your brain dominance where the opposite of what it is right now. The trick is to find the balance between the two sides.
What about a person who use both sides equally…are they more intelligent or just more confused?
Neither, they just have a balance on how they intake and put out the information they gathered. By being more balanced, they might have a better edge on interpreting life around them…they can see an issue from both sides and deal with the problem faster with fewer hang-ups over it. Hence having that “Got it together” appearance.
A righty’s emotional view will keep her wondering WHY. A Lefty’s logical view will keep him preoccupied with how he could solve the problem, and the right and left balanced person will see the problem and quickly deal with it. Their attitude being “if you can’t beat them, than join them.”
Now, my final question is, if my sister is a lefty and thinks on the right side of her brain, which she does most of the time. And I’m a righty, thinking on the left side of my brain, which I am most of the time. How is it me hubby is a lefty who does most of his thinking on the left side of his brain, which he does. So, the big question is - does the hand we write with really have anything to do with which brain we use most of the time?
So, which are you? A right brainer, a left brainer, or a combo of both? And which hand do you write with?
From me left brain – talk to you later! And from me right brain – Hugs
P.S. Just wanted to say thanks to each of you for all the wonderful wishes about my back. I’m grateful to you all and touched by your beautiful thoughts, I’m much better and I will be getting on that plane for D.C. on Tuesday for the Nationals (hence the early posting this week!) I’ll write you all when I get back. xoxox
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