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Introvert, extrovert, angsty teen, or drama queen? We use labels like these all the time to describe our friends and family, or people we dislike. We might not like to admit it, but the truth is, we naturally group people to fit certain labels, or personality traits. For example, we’ve all known and encountered the control freak, the ditz, the melodramatic—the list goes on.
What many people don’t know is that personality traits are often a result of dominating left-brain or right-brain hemispheres. But what do they mean?
Let’s break it down. Left-brain folks are extremely organized and systematic. They are goal-oriented and rarely absent-minded. Their world runs like clockwork—perfectly planned and in an orderly, linear fashion. A messy room or misplaced items? Not a chance. Left brainers are conscientious and meticulous individuals.
Math and science are a breeze, and complex problems or difficult decisions are handled with ease and expertise. Left brainers break everything down, analyze step by step, and come to a logically based conclusion. They are objective and reality based. They can well adjust in a changing environment and don’t let feelings get in the way of decision-making. Being ruled by emotion or impulses is not in a left brainers nature.
Left brainers like control and knowing. Think of the most recent team project you were part of. Who took over as group leader? Was it you? If so, you’re probably a left brainer. And yes, these were the kids who always sat at the front of the classroom.
While they aren’t risk-takers, left brainers are realistic and are fabulous planners who can be counted on to accomplish tasks. They make a great addition to marketing or public relations agencies due to their fantastic analytical skills and organization.
Fun Facts: Left-brain also indicates a preference for nonfiction, classical music, reading while upright, and dogs over cats. Has anyone come to mind yet?
Right brainers tend to be a little disorganized and can be unpredictable. They are impulsive and function spontaneously, and they aren’t concerned with keeping track of time or prioritizing. A day-planner? What’s that? Right brainers take life as it comes.
They are emotional and intuitive and act on feelings rather than reason. They express themselves through actions or by art and design. Right brainers are creative and visually orientated. These are your artsy friends, and they’re particularly skilled at writing fiction, playing music, and other hands-on activities.
Right brainers are more likely to focus on the “big picture” than the minute details. Can you think of a classmate or coworker who loves to spark philosophical discussions? That’s a right brainer! They have an insatiable desire to explore and understand why things are the way they are. These folks tend to be good with people and make great conversationalists.
While they can be a bit scatter-brained at times, they can be counted on to deliver fresh and innovative ideas. They refuse to be a passive observer and will jump on every opportunity to shake things up. Right brainers make fabulous additions to marketing and PR teams and agencies because of their ability to deliver that groundbreaking campaign idea, slogan, or advertisement!
Fun facts: Right brainers like rock music, fiction, noise, mysteries, multitasking, and cats over dogs.
A Tasty Example
To put it all in simpler terms, I like to use the example of a cupcake—after all, both right-brain and left-brain folks enjoy a cupcake now and then.
The right brainers are the ones to dress the cupcake as if it were a work of art and make it look undeniably delectable, as if Betty Crocker baked it herself!
The left brainers, on the other hand, are the ones to insure all of the ingredients are included, in the proper order, and carried out to the to very last step…with a plan B whipped up just in case!
Well…What If I’m Somewhere In Between?
If you don’t fit neatly into one or the other, don’t worry! Many people possess traits from both sides, and they are equally wanted in the professional world. Marketing and public relations agencies not only look for those at the farthest ends of the pole, but those in the middle as well!
It’s great to have a little bit of both. It means you carry a wide range of knowledge and capabilities that any company would be lucky to have.
In addition, one isn’t better than the other. In fact, it is advantageous for a company to have both types on staff! Finding the perfect balance of left and right brainers can maximize marketing ventures to the fullest potential. Together, they make up a perfect team that achieves exceptional results.
So, are you left-brained, right-brained, or somewhere in between? Take the test and find out for sure!
Results show that I use my brain equally! What do your results say?