I’m left brain dominant.

My hubby took the Right Brain versus Left Brain creativity test and ended up 50%-51%. (He is 101%! I always knew he was wonderful.) But I’m at 66%-34% with left brain dominant.

Left brain
54% verbal
47% reality-based
37% linear

Right brain
32% nonverbal

What does that mean?

[M]edium to high scores (30 – 50%) are desireable, as they show an ability to utilize a processing method without an abnormal reliance on it. Special focus should be paid to highly dominant (50% or above) or highly recessive (0 – 30%) methods, as they tend to limit your approach when learning, memorizing, or solving problems.

If you have Highly Dominant characteristics, your normal thinking patterns will naturally utilize these methods. Conscious effort is required to recognize the benefits of other techniques. Using multiple forms of information processing is the best way to fully understand complex issues and become a balanced thinker.

So my normal characteristics are verbal/reality-based/linear/nonverbal.

You are a highly verbal person. Using this method you process your thoughts and ideas with words. You use exact, technical logic for the descriptions of your thoughts and seldom use illustrations.

I remember once I gave a guy I was dating a map on how to get to my place. The closer you got to my apartment, the more exact the map was. So as far as scale went, it was very off.

I guess that is why I don’t use illustrations much.

You process information with a basis in reality, but are not limited to it. You may recognize the repercussions of you actions, but proceed to do something anyway, in the heat of the moment. You can complete projects to which you are emotionally attached as well as random tasks.

That’s a really weird set of comments. Who is not limited by reality? Does that mean I’m crazy? Who doesn’t sometimes see repercussions and do them anyway? And, please, someone tell me, who doesn’t complete projects to which they are emotionally attached?

In this process, the left brain takes pieces of information, lines them up, and proceeds to arrange them into an order from which it may draw a conclusion. The information is processed from parts to a whole in a straight, forward, and logical progression.

This is the reason that I can only see one possible solution. Too bad I don’t do more mapping or something. I’ll look at the problem and come up with a single solution. And I will keep working toward that solution even when it doesn’t matter anymore. UNLESS I talk to someone else about it, usually my husband, and he gives me other alternatives.

Honey, one of the reasons I appreciate you so much (not that you will know because this section isn’t in the RSS feed) is that you help me see the big picture and not just the road I think I’m on.

According to the site, my nonverbal processing:

Nonverbal processing is a method used by the right hemisphere to process our thoughts with illustrations. Reliance on this method is why it is occasionally difficult for right-brained people to “find the right words” in certain situations. A right-brained person cannot just read or hear information and process it, but first must make a mental video to better understand the information they have received. For example, through nonverbal processing, a person giving directions may say, “Continue going straight until you see a big, red-brick courthouse. At the courthouse turn right, and go down that street for a couple of miles until you se a gray stone church which will be on your right. Straight across from the church is the road to the left you need to take.” With nonverbal processing, the directions that are given are extremely visual compared to the exact, sequential directions that would be given by a left-brained person.

Your Nonverbal Analysis

When processing your thoughts and ideas, you use tend to use both illustrations and words. When giving directions, you probably use both visual illustrations such as, “keep going until you see a McDonalds on your right; then turn left at the Home Depot”, and technical terms such as, “travel for two miles and turn east onto First Street.”

Actually, I do give directions that way a lot. My mom says it is a consequence of being fat. Fat people give directions based on restaurants.

But I would say, “You’ll pass the railroad tracks. The next light has a gas station on the right. Then the next light has a Walgreens. The NEXT light is where you turn right. If you get to the light with the Shell, you’ve gone too far.”

So I guess I’m verbal/nonverbal dominant. Or something.