What Is Left Brain - Right Brain Theory?
According to the theory of left-brain or right-brain dominance, each side of the brain controls different types of thinking. Additionally, people are said to prefer one type of thinking over the other. For example, a person who is "left-brained" is often said to be more logical, analytical and objective, while a person who is "right-brained" is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful and subjective.
The Left Brain
The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language and analytical thinking. The left brain is very sequential. Those who are left-brained are list makers. Scheduling, making lists, checking tasks off in order of completion, and knowing what comes next are all things that a left-brained individual enjoys. It's the way that makes the most sense to them.
The left-brain is often described as being better at:
- Critical thinking
The Right Brain
The right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. Right-brained people get just as much done, but they don't prioritize. If you are right-brained, you would be more prone to jump from task to task, doing a bit on each, but not finishing one before you moved to the other. Right-brained people prefer to work on what they feel like working on, as opposed to what a list tells them comes next.
Some of the abilities that are popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:
- Expressing and reading emotions
Conversation Between the Right and Left Sides Of An Artist's Brain:
Righty: I'm ready to paint a masterpiece today!
Lefty: What about our "To Do List?" There's laundry and bills and don't forget we need to get the dog groomed.
Righty: We've been working all week on that list! I feel inspired right now! Time to strike while the iron is hot!
Lefty: (Sigh), ok. What are we going to paint?
Right: I'd like to try and capture the colors in the maple tree in the yard.
Lefty: What's to capture? It's a tree with a brown trunk and green leaves.
Righty: The problem with you, Lefty, is that you never really see things when you look at them. There are so many different colors and textures in the trunk of a tree; colors which show the reflections of sky, grass, and whatever else is in its vicinity.
Lefty: You will, at the very least, paint the leaves green, won't you?
Righty: Who's to say leaves must be green??
Lefty: Uh, ever hear of chlorophyll?
Righty: Art is unpredictable, lefty! Ever hear of Van Gogh?
Lefty: Yeah, he's the guy who cut off his ear.
Right: He did a lot more than just cut off his ear! His work is renown for its passion and movement!
Lefty: Well, all I can say is that his left side must have been sleeping on the day of surgery..... what are you doing now?
Righty: I'm drawing the leaves.
Lefty: That looks like a cloud.
Righty: It is a cloud. Will you zip it and let me work?!
Lefty: Trees don't grow that high into the sky. That looks ridiculous! What will people think?
Righty: I don't care what people think! If it if was left up to you, you'd probably draw every individual leaf.
Left: At least it would look like a tree!
Right: You're a bore, lefty!
Lefty: Yeah? Well, you're a weirdo!
Righty: Listen Lefty, if I promise to get back to that list later today, will you leave me alone for awhile and quit interjecting yourself into my work? Can we make a deal?
Lefty: Ok, deal. I guess I could go take a nap for a couple of hours.
Righty: Sweet dreams, Pal! Now to get into my zone...