Sep 12, 2013

Left Brain versus Right Brain

Posted by AJ Blythe at Thursday, September 12, 2013
For years scientists have said there is a difference between the functions of our right and left hemisphere's in our brains. As the text in the image below says...

I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorise. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.

I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feet. I am movement. Vivid colours. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.

I am a scientist but I am also a writer. Because of this I've always found it hard to switch between the analytical and creative when writing for work versus writing fiction. So the explanation that the two hemispheres of our brain are wired differently has always made perfect sense to me.

However, a new study suggests this thinking is actually wrong. That the two hemisphere's are cross-wired and it is activity dependant and not wholistic as first thought.

If that's the case, I wonder why I struggle so much with the switch from the science to the creative? Does anyone else have this problem?


Fiona Greene on September 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM said...


I have this problem. At work - it's technical writing. At home, it's creative. Never the two shall meet. I spend a lot of time trying to foster my creativity by making, painting, colouring and crafting. Next month's task will be to make some christmas garland for our front gate from leftover car sunshade used in a window screening project. There's enough leftover that I should be able to make something glittery and cute. Wish me luck.

Anita Joy on September 24, 2013 at 7:19 PM said...

Good luck with the Christmas project, Fi. Although it reminds me how close it is getting to the festive season. It seems to be screaming up. Let me know how it goes :)

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