Left Brain or Right?

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  1. bonneb

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    Ok, we've discussed introvert/extrovert, and found those of us at this sight heavily weighted as introverts.

    What about left and right brain? (And anyone who knows how to post a link to articles about this is welcome to do so.)

    I am most definintely right brained - creative, sensing, a feeler of emotions.

    However, over the years I have been forced to develop the left brain in order to survive some of the hardships of life.

    How about the rest of you?
     
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    I'm left-brained. Very much so.
     
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    I'm more left-brain, who wants to be more right-brain.

    I remember learning in high school that people who think with one side of their brain tilts their head in the opposite direction, I believe??? I have to double check this.
     
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    I'm stuck in the middle. I have no idea where I am really. I am very analytical and methodical about most things, but I also really enjoy teaching art and letting the kids get creative. I do tend to "feel deeply" (i.e. have my moods change from hour to hour) and have been told I was a right-brained person, but that doesn't quite square with me.
     
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    I'm a parieto-temporal lobe kind of person. ;)


    Keep in mind that "left brain-right brain" isn't exactly settled science, and a lot of the popular notions are exaggerations. Even the wikipedia article notes this.

    This doesn't mean you can't discuss this as if the characteristics were really based on brain hemisphere, of course, although you'll have a lot of people like runsw/scissors -- people who will identify with some characteristics associated with each hemisphere.

    Really, if you want to go with characteristics, I'd suggest talking about Briggs-Myers types. Here's a free, online test for it.
     
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    I am very much right brained. I am the artsy, creative type!
     
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    I am-happily-very right-brained!

    I generate ideas like a ever-turning wheel!
     
  9. bonneb

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    This is fun.

    Czacza - can you help us find link about this?
     
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    I don't know about that because I am extremely right brained and I have always tilted my head significantly to the right. In candid pictures my head is often tilted to the right.

     
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    A very organized RIGHT-brained person.
     
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    I think that's an oxymoron.
     
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    Left....and INTJ...like Stephen Hawking...lol...cool deal
     
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    I know. :)
     
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    Nah - right brained people can learn to compensate for their shortage of left-brainedness (ha!) . However, is it possible for a left brainer to compensate for a shortage of right-brainedness? I think not!
     
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    I'm an INFJ and have come up this way every time I took the test.
     
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    Well as an art teacher I'd definitely have to say that I am right-brained. I've also heard that if you're right brained usually you write with your left hand. I know it's so silly but I'm really suprised I'm not left handed.

    Like others have mentioned I have to really try to be organized, it becomes a chore for me to become organized because I often live in some kind of chaos.
     
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    I teach math. I love problem solving. I LOVE geometric proofs.

    Ummm...... left brain!
     
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    More of a right-brain.
     
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    Right brained - left handed.

    Married a musician-and have 3 children that couldn't choose a hand to write with until they entered Kinder. My two oldest boys finally settled on their right-but excell in band and dance. My third is a kindergardener this year----so we will seem Maybe she is a math wiz in hiding?
     
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    I'm not sure that dominant handedness is an indicator. It doesn't make sense that only about 7-10 percent of the population (percent of people who are left-handed) is right brained.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-handedness
     
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    Dominant hand isn't related to left-right brain as we are discussing it. But the left hand is controlled by the right side of the brain, and the right hand by the left side of the brain. But handedness is not related to which brain hemisphere is dominant in your thinking, logic skills, and creativity.
     
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    The supposed lateralization of creativity to the right brain and logic to the left is also overstated in the public press. That these aren't so thoroughly lateralized doesn't surprise me at all, considering the variety of ways in which creativity and logic can be defined and carried out.
     
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    It is not a black and white science, though there is a lot of research that indicates people have a dominant brain. (Not talking about public press, but actual research. Public press is pretty much biased and untrustworthy! Ha!)
     

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