If your right hemisphere is more dominant, you are probably also known as a creative brain!
Do you prefer drawing to writing? Are you better with language than numbers? Does the phrase “creative brain” describe you? If so, then you are most likely to have a dominant right hemisphere – or what is known as a “right-brain”.
Being creative is just one sign that your right hemisphere is more dominant. If you break down the characteristics even further, the evidence is there to see.
What makes a right-hemisphere person distinctive?
The right brain-left brain theory originated in the work of Nobel-Prize winner, Roger W. Sperry, in the 1980s. While studying the effects of epilepsy, Sperry discovered that cutting the structure that connects the two hemispheres of the brain could reduce or eliminate seizures. However, this research has been contested in more recent times because the patients also experienced other symptoms after the communication pathway between the two sides of the brain was cut.
Contrary to popular belief, our brains are not actually two distinctive spheres. Rather, something called the Neocortex is – and it makes up two-thirds of the brain. Therefore, the left-brain and right-brain analogy is more of an explanation of what goes on in the Neocortex – the most advanced part of the brain. The two “sides” of it determine how we think, and whether we are “right-brain” or “left-brain.” This dominance decides how the rest of the Neocortex will work.
It is commonly known that left-brain dominant people are more likely to be clinical and cold in their judgments and problem-solving. The right hemisphere associates itself with cognitive skills, such as creativity, emotion and intuitiveness.
Here are 3 signs that your right hemisphere is more dominant and what it means:
1. You Prefer Drawing To Writing
If you are right-brain dominant, you most likely would rather create a picture to tell your story than writing it down word for word. Right-brains often find themselves creating visuals for ongoing learning methods. As a result, when it comes to memorisation, they require a unique way to call upon information they’ve digested. Instead of repetition to remember specific details, use meanings, colours, visual representations and emotions.
An added characteristic of a person with a dominant right hemisphere is that creativity leads to a need for constant stimulation. Remember, they are visual beings.
2. You Prefer Open-Ended Questions To Multiple Choice
Since right-brain dominant people thrive in group settings, answering questions in an open-end format tends to be more natural for them. They prefer this to answering questions in multiple choice format.
Settings that allow for discussion and freedom when finding solutions are better. After all, a right-brain dominant person needs to be constantly stimulated. Therefore, finding solutions through “black and white” methods is not ideal for them.
3. You Can Be Spontaneous And Intuitive
A person with a dominant right hemisphere will often refer to the bigger picture. It can mean they are more holistic thinkers. This is because they have the ability to recognise the interconnectedness of the smaller pieces that make up the big picture.
Right-brain dominant people like adventure and thrive off of energy and spontaneity. They are emotionally intuitive and tend to be emotional by nature. Actually, a right-brain is more likely to have a wider circle of friends, as they often seek the thoughts and opinions of others. This inclusiveness makes them attractive and draws in others. A right-brain will then thrive in a group situation.
What’s more, because right-brains are often inclusive of others, they are more likely to learn behaviours such as empathy much more quickly. They can also get a feel for other’s situations which can be used to build upon their own experiences later on. This is why a right-brain is more likely to be known among their friends as the most intuitive.
How to Make Good Use of Right Brain Characteristics
So, does one side of the brain really control specific functions? Is it possible for people to be either left-brain or right-brain?
If you have right-brain tendencies, you know that some of the characteristics above can be an advantage to you. You can choose a career that corresponds to these strengths in order to nurture your creative self.
Don’t be afraid to go in the opposite direction as well. Having some right-brain traits doesn’t stop you from pursuing left-brain activities and strengthening your own weaknesses.
Generally speaking, the left side of the brain tends to control many aspects of language and logic. The right side tends to handle spatial information and visual comprehension.
Be sure to be mindful that the labels “left” or “right-brain” are not truly an important matter. It just helps you observe the characteristics you already have. Don’t pigeonhole yourself by solely identifying with one or the other, because in reality, both hemispheres are functioning.
Determining if you fit the left or right-brained stereotype will merely help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and help you expand on them later.