Left or right brain?

 ‘Creative or prefer a jigsaw,’ was a heading that caught my eye in my constant trawl through the internet looking for stuff of interest to help escape complete boredom and shut down.

I’ve known that the brain splits into two halves, left and right, but in the article ‘Left Brain vs. Right Brain: What Does This Mean for Me?’ it quotes we are either left or right brain people.

Left brain

  • Thinking in words
  • Sequencing
  • Linear thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Facts
  • Logic

Right brain

  • Feelings visualisation
  • Imagination
  • Intuition
  • Rhythms
  • Holistic thinking
  • Arts

‘The theory is that people are either left-brained or right-brained, meaning that one side of their brain is dominant. If you’re mostly analytical and methodical in your thinking, you’re said to be left-brained. If you tend to be more creative or artistic, you’re thought to be right-brained,’ so says the article. 

Oh,  so I’m right-brained, I told myself, wanting to be classified as creative, and ticking at least four of the character traits in the right brain list, but then I recognised as many in the left brain list.

Could I be ambi-brained, (derivative of ambidextrous) if there is such a word? I questioned, thinking for a short while, just a few seconds, that I could have the best of both worlds, pulling traits from both parts of my brain to create a truly magnificent work of art, piece of literature, mind-blowing poem, blockbuster movie, maybe all. And then I came down to earth. Further on the article reads:

‘The two hemispheres are tied together by bundles of nerve fibres, creating an information highway. Although the two sides function differently, they work together and complement each other. You don’t use only one side of your brain at a time.’

Coming slowly to terms with not being unique, and being normal, I read on to find ‘tips for keeping your brain sharp,’ and ‘tips for boosting creativity.’

It’s worth reading.


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Four shorts: two about life, love, and death; one a poignant and disturbing memory that dangles a question unanswered; and one a wild fantasy – plus the first chapter of my latest book, Otto and Frankie.

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My latest novel, Otto and Frankie, is about a dying man’s fight against injustice, his wife’s unusual affair, and the love from his long-lost daughter. 

Otto and his daughter Frankie could not be more different. He’s rich, an acclaimed author, human rights activist, and lives in England. She lives in New York, just about survives from one pay cheque to the next and hasn’t seen or spoken to her father for twenty years. Dutifully reunited by his impending death, she’s amazed to find him a kind and noble man who, while grappling with his wife’s bizarre affair, champions for the world’s forgotten and dispossessed to his last. After Otto’s death, Frankie’s admiration for her father leads her into a dangerous and life changing pursuit. 

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