LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
words and language
present and past
math and science
knows object name
RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS
“big picture” oriented
symbols and images
present and future
philosophy & religion
can “get it” (i.e. meaning)
knows object function
Looking at these lists, do you think you are right-brained or left-brained? I thought I was right-brained.
Look at the woman spinning below. Is she spinning clockwise or counterclockwise?
If she is spinning clockwise, you are right-brained. Counterclockwise, and you’re left brained. If you focus hard enough, you can change the dancer’s direction.
According to this dancer, I am left-brained. This was a shock. I don’t think of myself as left-brained. The same thing happened with my husband. At first, he was emphatic about being a left-brainer. When he saw the dancer turning clockwise, he forced her to turn the other way.
We both re-examined the list of our respective brain functions above and disagreed with the test’s assessment. He is definitely left-brained and I am absolutely right-brained.
Or so we thought.
An interesting thing happened the longer we looked at our lists. The harder we focused on them, the easier it became to acknowledge that they were mostly true. Apparently, if you focus hard enough, you can change the way you see yourself to better match the way the world sees you.
I wonder if the inverse is true. If you focused hard enough, could you change the world’s perception of you to better match what you know about yourself to be true?
My brother has started therapy. My hope for him is that one day, if he focuses hard enough, the world will see him the way I do.
**Lists of brain functions and image taken from the Herald Sun, “Right Brain v. Left Brain,” posted on October 9, 2007, available at: www.heraldsun.com.au