If I Only Had a (Whole) Brain
It pays to remind myself daily that being fascinated with people is more productive than being frustrated by them. That’s one reason why studying personality types, learning styles and brain dominance has always held great interest for me.
I’ve been reflecting for the past few days on a communication problem/personality conflict I’m in the middle of. One of the women has left brain dominance and the other has right brain dominance. How this translates is the left-brain thinker is very logical and relies on data and facts in making decisions. Everything has to be according to the “rules” and all probabilities must be understood before action can be taken.
As for the right brain thinker, she’s not constrained by logic and facts if there’s a vision and a dream that’s powerful enough to press through the obstacles that inevitably lie ahead. “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”, is her way of thinking.
The exciting thing is when you put the left brain together with the right brain, you get a whole brain perspective; the ideal scenario. I saw this powerful example of the brain’s ability to process information the other day:
Cna yuo raed tihs? I cdn’uolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonemnel pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rsereeachr at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteers be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig, huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!
Isn’t it astounding how easily we can decipher words with information that is ambiguous, garbled, or less than complete? We are wired to see underlying patterns, fill in the gaps, straighten out the miscues, and discover the hidden meanings. The same is true of our innate ability to make decisions.
-Excerpt from Lee J. Colan, Winners Always Quit
Our brain has astonishing capabilities. We can get more accomplished if we’ll put our heads together!