The theory of left-brain-right-brain dominance states that the two sides of the human brain engage in and dictate different types of behavior. We discussed the two types in a previous post, Left Brain vs. Right Brain: An Overview. Now it is time to dig a little deeper into what makes the right brain so special.
The Right Brain: Creative and Expressive
Although we tend to use both sides of our brain for every task that we do, some of us identify as more of a right brain or left brain person. While left brain people are said to be more logical and systematic, right brain people are known to be more intuitive, creative, and expressive. They are gifted at reading others’ facial expressions and emotions, gifted in art and/or music, and are often curious about the world.
When homeschooling children it helps to know which side of the brain is dominant. You can better plan your lessons and find ways to showcase the dominant brain and strengthen the less dominate side.
What are some characteristics of right brain people?
If you’re ever wondering whether you, your child, your spouse, or anyone else you know is more of a right or left brain person, look for these signs that are tell-tale of a right brain person:
- They tend to doodle while/instead of taking notes.
- They’re often caught daydreaming.
- They like to physically handle objects.
- They’re more hands-on, kinesthetic learners.
- They often hum the tunes of songs.
- They’re pretty open about feelings/emotions.
- They tend to be drawn to abstract art rather than orderly art.
- They tend to struggle with the natural sciences, like math.
How do you develop the right side of your brain?
If you wish to become more of a right brain type of person, there are a number of things that you can do to develop that side of your brain. Here are a few:
- Listen to more music.
- Learn an instrument.
- Take an art class.
- Go to your local park, sit on a bench, and do some people-watching.
- Take a yoga class at your local gym.
- Practice writing with your non-dominant hand.
- Simply get out of the house more to experience the world around you.
Although you may never strike a perfect balance between your right-brain and left-brain, these little life hacks can help bridge the gap for intellectual equilibrium.
Both sides of the brain are special, neither is better than the other. When they work together, amazing things happen.