Life perceptions of opposing brain dominance.
Our schooling system and life in general favour left brain dominance. After all, we are functioning in an environment where rules have to be obeyed and time is important. You have to be at school/work on time and meet your deadlines. Exams and tests favour the left-brain dominant person in the way they are structured and in that they have a time deadline. Exams and tests are very reliant on your language and spelling skills and that you correctly interpret the questions – all left brain skills. I know schooling systems have tried to change this, but tests and exams still remain the norm, no matter what you call them. Assessments, perhaps.
To give you an idea of how difficult it is to function well at school/college/university if you are right-brain dominant, consider the following scenario which is what I had to contend with. Let`s use the example of Monkey Puzzles, also known as Multiple Choice Questions. The question is: The sky is: a) Green b) Red c) Blue d) Orange. A left-brain dominant person will happily circle c) Blue, and not give it another thought. The right-brain person, however, will start wondering: I wonder what time of the day he is referring to, because at sunset the sky is orange, but it often has a bit of red in it as well, but maybe it is a trick question, because at night the sky is not blue. So perhaps I will add in an e) None of the above, circle this and write a note that the examiner refer to the back of the page where I will write an explanation of why I feel this option should have been included in the exam/test paper. I will also explain that red and orange could also be correct, that even green, depending on the exact hue, could be correct in certain weather conditions. The problem is that once you have done this you realize you have wasted too much time, go into a flat panic as you know you will not finish and the stress causes you to go blank or give up as the right brain no longer has the inspiration to get the left brain going again. Result: branded as “stupid”, “lazy”……
Then again, take a left-brain dominant person. In this case I am going to use the example of someone close to me as I was explained the scenario yesterday. The people involved are married. Yes, to each other! Husband is very right-brained and Wife decidedly very left-brained. Husband loves cars, motorbikes, twin cab bakkies (small trucks for my international readers), quad bikes and more. Wife battles to get him to stick to a budget and be less impulsive in general spending as she would like to save money for a house. Now, Husband in a lighthearted moment, dreaming of big things as he usually does, casually remarks that he would really like about eight vehicles. He excitedly proceeds to tell her which vehicles and why he really needs all of them and what he would do with them. Wife goes cold, gets really annoyed and dampens the spirits with her comments. Does he know what they would cost? Where would they find a house with eight garages? How would they afford a house with eight garages anyhow? Did he realize what a) the licensing would cost every year? b) what the monthly repayments would be? c) what it would cost to service them? and d) that if he were paying off a house with eight garages he would not be able to afford to drive them anyway. Well, I don`t have further details but can only imagine the argument that followed. I can imagine the disappointment of Husband who was merely sharing what popped into his mind at that moment, and being right-brained it would have been a random draft, unedited. I can also imagine Wife wondering how she would add this to her plans for the future, why he could not stick with the plans she had so meticulously put into place and why he was living in this dream world. I can imagine that many other scenarios would come into play, like when he would find the time to do all of this and how he proposed to increase his income to match his dreams.
If you can identify the differences between the two, you will find that these are normal everyday occurrences in a household, school or conversation. You will probably find the child you struggle with most (if you have children) is probably of a different dominance. You will most probably find that your spouse/boyfriend is too. You may find that the exact traits that drew you to him/her are those that you lack and they are what will frustrate you the most later on in your relationship.
Be aware of what is going on around you today and see if you can understand people just a little bit better. Have a look, too, if what you are doing to earn a living is in line with your natural abilities or the cause of too much stress. Until tomorrow, then!