BILATERAL PERSONALITY

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Outline by H. Bernard Wechsler

Left Brain Dominant Processing of Information

1. Language (verbal) specialist. Speech, listening, reading and writing.
2. Logic, order and linear minded; sequential.
3. Likes to split whole ideas into its essential elements. Called Reductionist.
4. Chases ideas, objects and theories for closure.
5. Specializes in math and science; part to whole for conclusions.
6. Excited by problems and challenges to seek solutions.
7. Prides themselves for being analytical and exacting.
8. Unaware of the contents of night dreaming and daydreaming.
9. Great in emergencies. Strategies are step by step.
10. Is externally driven, narrow focused and objective; respects authority.
11. Our left hemisphere is a serial processor, one program
must be completed before another commences.

Right Brain Processing of Information

1. Thinking is predominantly in mental visualizations (mental movies).
2. Pattern Recognition; fills in the missing elements with spatial skills.
3. Intuitive and creative, seeks great understanding. Spiritual.
4. Parallel Processing: multiprocessing ideas simultaneously.
5. Holistic: organizes parts in whole.
6. Emotions follow imagery; amylase and hippo campus. Learning and and long term memory contributions.
7. Subjective, internal and wide (peripheral rod vision). Speed reading.
8. Empathetic, emotional and social intelligence.
9. Uses trial and error, process of elimination.
10. Active during meditation, hypnotically and hypnotic moments.
11. Questions authority, willing to disrupt our comfort zone and the accepted status.

Social Consequences

a) Left brains are morning people; right brains come to life after 5pm.
b) Right: liberal parenting strategies; relaxed approach to life;
Left: strict with kids; comfortable with possibilities.
c) Left: in personal relationships dominates significant others;
Right: desires interactivity with family and associates, needs feedback.
d) Left: neither romantic, nostalgic nor sentimental;
Right: sends gifts, stays in touch and is emotional.
e) Left: independent, closed and impersonal;
Right: open with others, offers advice and desires feedback.
f) Left: all business, no sense of playfulness.
Right: shows humanity and permits the inner child to play at work.
g) Left: not talkative, remains impersonal to her/his team.
Right: enjoys give and take of brainstorming with creativity.
h) Left: giving praise is like pulling teeth and they do not value the compliments of others.
Right: Looks for examples of effort and behavior to praise; they enjoy compliments, awards and praise.

General

Left and right brained people can be separated into (right brain) people who are comfortable living in the present reality, verses (left brain) folks focusing more on the past and future.

Left brain: are symbol processing folks including words, numbers and scientific formulas. Language is their first game, and memorizing words and formulas produce endorphins and dopamine neurotransmitters of pleasure.

Right brain: are concrete processing folks who want a sensory reaction (see, hear and touch). Putting it in context and discovering how it works is fun for right brainers. They prefer concreteness in their lives.

If you are left brain dominant you are in your comfort zone (accepted status ) when you know the rules of the game (occupation and relationship). Right brain dominant people make up the rules as they figure it out their strategy.

We use both our left and right hemispheres; of that there is no question. The dominance in specific situations and the ability to switch from one to the other is the primary challenge. Impulsiveness is a right brain attribute that should be balanced (in sync) with our left brain sense of order.

There is no winner because Homo sapient have two operating systems in our cerebral cortex. The question is appropriateness for the circumstances. Generally, it would be better to enhance the use of our right brain (senses, emotions and brain stem) more than we do.

Western society tends to overuse our left (Beta) brain, leading to chronic stress and less intuition and creativity. Abilities alone do not prevail; effort (persistence and determination) are right brain skills required to be remarkable not merely competent.

3 Responses

  1. Hi Ranae,

    I feel those who are balanced with harmony between both sides of the brain have the best chance of being happy,wise,and successful…conflict between the two sides of the brain will drain us of energy and create considerable stress.

    Unfortunately it is not either one side or the other but instead the compatible relationship between these two sides of our personality.

    Sid

  2. I would like to know,out of the dominant right or left brain person, which one is more likely to make the most money, happier, lives longer,or considered,smarter?

  3. I can relate to the above it is all so true if you take a look at your career direction and personality!

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