The Left Brain Thinker:
The ‘left brain-right brain’ traits is an old theory that tells us which part of the brain we use more, what it means and how that reflects in our character. The theory is one that is hotly debated, however there is some truth in the fact that the two spheres of the brain perform different functions and people tend to use some of those functions more. Although some scientists claim that the theory is too simplistic and that we cannot really categorize brain function in such a sweeping manner the argument can be made that it is also a personality type. We can view what is called as ‘left brain’ and ‘right brain’ as a certain personality type and try to see which one dominates our personality, just for fun!
People who tend to think predominantly with the left side of their brain tend to be more analytical, good at rationalizing as well as critical thinking.
Language is usually a function of the left hemisphere so people with ‘left brain’ kind of personality tend to have good language skills as well as speech and vocabulary. It is said that only 12% of the population are truly left brained dominated thinkers.
People with left brain kind of thinking tend to be more detail-oriented and due to their analytical nature, tend to notice the flaws or non-sequential pattern of things. This is why they are also said to be good at math as well as languages (rules of grammar!). Sequences and structure is their comfort zone.
Left brain people tend not to be very impulsive or spontaneous. So if your child tends to be a left brain type then it is best if there is always a plan and a structure, sometimes even in simple day-to-day tasks. Sudden change would annoy or stress them out, more than it would to others.
When it comes to personal habits, left brain people tend to be more tidy and organized. They are also more reserved and controlled when it comes to their emotions and feelings. Extreme highs and extreme lows might not find their way into a left brain thinker’s every-day emotional state.
If your child is a left-brain thinker then he/she will probably learn well in the classroom method as they can understand abstract concepts well by just listening or reading the theory. Their approach will be more sequential so try to give a firm understanding of the basics and watch them build their knowledge from there. Left brain thinkers do not have a tough time following rules or instructions (given that they are logical of course) and in fact thrive under structure.
Common careers that left-brain thinkers tend to move towards are law, accountancy, finance and medicine.