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Word of the Week: Right Brain vs. Left Brain

Okay yes, this is more of a ‘psychology term’ than a ‘word’ – but I find it very interesting and think it’s important to understand the difference between the two hemispheres of the brain and what they are used to do! Knowing the difference can help you better understand how to keep your brain sharp and keep a balance between the two.

Right brain vs. Left Brain = “the theory of the functions and structure of the mind suggests that the two different sides of the brain control two different “modes” of thinking. It also suggests that each of us prefer one mode over another.”

According to EEG studies, it has been found that the greatest philosophers, thinkers, inventors, and artists have a good ‘brain balance’ of the two hemispheres. Ecoinsitute.org suggests that meditation is the best way to connect the balance and open up the full potential of your mind. Meditation forces your brain to use both sides, enhancing the flow of them together in unison – what scientists call “brain synchronization”. Are-You-Left-Brained-or-Right-Brained

In general, the left side of the brain plays the role of thinking:

  • sequentially
  • mathematically
  • analytically
  • practically
  • scientifically
  • and in a time oriented manner
    • It is said that left brain thinkers tend to learn in a more linear, symbolic, and reality based way.

On the other hand, the right side of the brain plays the role of thinking:

  • intuitively
  • abstractly
  • creatively
  • and in a big-picture manner
    • It is said that right brain thinkers tend to learn in a more holistic, random, and fantasy oriented way.

Besides meditation, other good ways to keep your brain sharp include online brain games like Lumosity and other phone apps that aid in developing a stronger memory and overall mind. A couple of my favorite apps are: Elevate, Lumosity, Brainwell, Brain Teasers, and PictoWord – search them in your app store! Other options are to read for 45 minutes daily, practice something creative like coloring/drawing, engage in trivia, picking up a new hobby, etc!

Imagine if you only operated with one side of your brain… you would be either too serious or too eccentric. You would only be able to learn new things in one set way instead of being flexible and open to new experiences. What side of the brain would you say you operate most with? I would say I lead with the left side of my brain more, however I have been working hard to find a balance between the two by journaling more, blogging, painting, and working on projects around the house in order to be more creative and just have more fun in general! For extra insight into what side of the brain might be most dominant to you, take the quiz: Left Brain/Right Brain Test which includes 12 questions to determine your ‘brain personality!’ What did you get? Comment below!


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