A Creative Mind

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Have you ever noticed how our society seems to be divided between “left-brained” and “right-brained” people? For anyone not familiar with these terms, left-brained people are generally thought to be more analytical, and therefore better excel in subjects such as maths and sciences. Right-brained people are thought to be subjective in their thought process, so more creative and artistic. I’m no expert in the research behind this conclusion, but I’m not sure I agree with classifying people into two groups of thinkers.

In order for this theory to hold up, you would have to assume that members of the scientific community would have less inclination to think outside the box. So, you’re telling me that Albert Einstein wasn’t thinking creatively on his theory of relativity because it dealt with science, a typically left brain topic?  His research and subsequent findings revolutionized the field of physics just as much as the Impressionists revolutionized the art world, then dominated by the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, which preferred historic subjects, religious themes, and portraits and rejected landscapes and still life paintings. Two examples of creative thinking, so left brain or right brain?

Maybe, instead of shuffling people into one category or the other, it’s better to agree that there are analytical tendencies, and an impulse to create. Maybe this dichotomy of thinkers is due more to a comfort zone and individual enjoyment. I find that artistic ability often gets put on a sort of pedestal, and people can be harsh judges of themselves as to whether or not they “stack up” to what they consider “good art”. But you see, that’s not the point of art. The point is to express yourself, no matter the form or whether or not you can draw a face exactly as it appears in real life. The same would be true of the reverse – how out of place would an artist feel in a laboratory, mixing potions or dissecting mouse brains or whatever they do behind those steel doors.

I have taken an analytical approach (left brain?) to this topic, although in a decidedly subjective manner (right brain?). What sort of thinker does that make me? Ambidextrous? Who’s to say. I do know I would feel like a complete fish-out-of-water in any scientific setting, but I could probably make their research and reports prettier to the eye, for whatever that’s worth.

  • B

    “So, you’re telling me that Albert Einstein wasn’t thinking creatively on his theory of relativity because it dealt with science, a typically left brain topic?”

    Exactly. I think we’re all a bit ambidextrous. Or perhaps it’s just more accurate to note that we tend to do better when we can use both hands.

    • Amy Lynne Hayes

      Very true! Why only use half or part of your resources, when you can use all of them? I find it interesting that there are so many instances in which there is crossover, yet we like to classify things as either this or that. What happened to all the shades of gray?

  • This concept and your message really resonates with me. I wholeheartedly agree with your assessment. There is no black and white distinction. Everyone is left-brained and everyone is right-brained. However much an individual leans one direction or another depends upon their passions, interests, and desires.

    In my case, I have been always led to believe that I am a left-brained person. However, I have recently given myself permission to explore the right side of my brain, to unlock the door that seems to have been padlocked shut since the dawn of time 😉 And that permission to explore may just be the single most important thing I have done for myself for it has allowed me to find my more complete self.

    Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

    • Amy Lynne Hayes

      Excellent! So happy for you that you have begun to explore another side of yourself! It’s amazing how many hidden talents we have when we take the time to look. 🙂

  • Interesting post Amy! While reading that I was trying to decide which category I’d be in and I’m not sure! 🙂 I’d have to agree that two is just not enough.

    • Amy Lynne Hayes

      Exactly! I mean I know I’m no good with numbers or science, but that’s doesn’t mean I couldn’t learn it if I really tried. I think most people are varying shades of both types of thinkers, and thankfully so. How boring would it be if we all were either just A or B?

      • It would be boring!! I agree. I think we are just stronger in one area, but that doesn’t make the other obsolete.

        • Amy Lynne Hayes

          That I can definitely agree with!

  • It’s about making connections between the two hemispheres that leads to creativity. Albert Einstein was a musician as well as a scientist. He often thought in music and believed it helped him in other areas. Therefore, I agree, one or the other isn’t the be all end all. I do believe we have preferences in how we learn though, for example, visual, auditory etc. This may be confused with left or right brain but in the end it’s how we use it that matters. Love this topic, can you tell?

    • Amy Lynne Hayes

      I love this topic too! I agree that we have preferences in how we learn – I myself am more of a visual learner, but that certainly doesn’t mean that because we learn better in a certain way that we’re only capable at excelling at this subject or that. It’s so interesting to see how different minds approach things, and I bet if you gathered 20 people you would find that there are 20 different ways to look at something.

  • lola45256

    A great artist i can see in here and i love your creativity so much. Actually also want to do something but i can’t find better and innovated idea which makes inspired.