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Have you ever wondered whether you were right-brained or left-brained? That’s actually very difficult to pin down and perhaps very limiting in terms of your brainpower. Pigeonholing yourself is not a good idea anyway. By telling yourself that because you are methodical about certain things, you must be an analytical thinker, you are limiting your own possibilities. You might be very good at something creative, but will never realize it if you’re too limiting. Just because you like being creative, doesn’t mean you can’t handle numbers like an accountant, if you choose to. Try not to limit your brain’s abilities.

When it comes to processing information, both halves of your brain can do it, just in different ways. The dominant side is normally used to process information, but the learning can be enhanced if both sides are used in balance. This means you’ll need to pump up your less dominant side, exercise it a bit. Knowing how each half of your brain works will help you to understand how to create a balance between the two sides.

The Left Side:

  • Processes information in a linear style. That means that it takes pieces of information, lines them up and then puts them in a logical sequence, then comes up with a conclusion. List making is what left-brained people love to do. They love daily planning schedules, and they take great satisfaction in checking each item off the list as they accomplish it.
  • Has no problem when it comes to symbols such as words, letters, and math notations. The left-brain person is at home with linguistic and mathematical problems.
  • Verbal thinking. Has no trouble with self-expression. The left brained person can explain a problem in detail, giving a step-by-step solution.
  • Deals with reality more easily and adapts to different situations with more ease. Whatever their environment throws at them, they can adjust to it more easily.

The Right Side:

  • Processes more randomly, skipping from item to item, jumping from topic to topic; more of a leapfrog approach.
  • Needs things to be more concrete. They need to see and touch an object, rather than just discuss it.
  • Non-verbal thinking. Has more difficulty expressing themselves in words and needs everything in writing.
  • Not easily adaptable to their environment. Rather than adjust, they’d sooner change the environment.

No one has quite figured out exactly why, but the right hemisphere or right brain controls the left side of our bodies, processing what we see with our left eye; and conversely, the left hemisphere or left-brain controls the right side of our bodies and processes what we see with our right eye. Many think that this is what determines whether you are left-handed or right-handed, but scientists tell us it is not related at all. Yet, no one can explain why more artists have been left-handed. If you are right-handed, rest assured it doesn’t mean you can’t be artistic, if you choose to be.

Once again, don’t narrow your vision concerning yourself, telling yourself you are limited due to the dominant side of your brain. Learn to balance and use both sides to best advantage. It will take some practice, but you can learn to process information on both sides of your brain. The artistic types can learn to be more linear and the logical types can learn to be more random.

You will also experience four different brain wave states. These are Beta, Alpha, Theta, and Delta. When your brain is in the Beta state, you are wide-awake and very alert. This is when your brain performs at its best, but not creatively.

The Alpha state is a slower brain wave state and your creativity starts to flow. Solutions begin to present themselves during this state.

In the Theta state, you are completely relaxed and are focused more on what’s happening within you. You’ll find this is very similar to a meditative state and you may even discover that the solution to a problem becomes very clear; you can actually see the ‘big picture.’

When your brain is in the Delta state, you are sound asleep and it’s time for your brain to recharge, to get you ready for another day and more problems and the need for creativity.

Though you are asleep, your brain is still working, indeed, it never stops, but it does slow down enough that the chatter stops. While you’re awake, your brain is making connections across the neural network, in a constant flow of data. While you’re asleep, however, your brain loses those connections, it does in fact, shut down for recharging. That’s while you’re in a deep sleep, when the brain is dreaming, the connections are still careening around in your mind, much like it does when you’re awake. Scientists think that the deep sleep cycle allows the cortical circuits to shut out the noise of the constant connections, to allow your brain to rest and recuperate for the next day.

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