That Whole Left Brain Right Brain Thing...

A few months ago, I read Dan Pink's book, Whole New Mind which hypothesizes that we are moving from a "left brain" driven world to a "right brain" driven one and that the new essential aptitudes will be Design, Story, Symphony, Empathy, Play, and Meaning.

That's good news for us that are primarily right-brained.

The company I happen to work for is an odd mix of both. On paper, it would appear that I work with engineers, but the reality is that these people whose degrees say they should be linear and logical are also artistic and intuitive. One of the reasons AD has been so successful is that we bring each to the table in the design process. After all, a core part of what we do is to create spaces that support an experience for large groups of people, and that experience, be it a concert, worship service, or sporting event is intensely emotional. Though it takes left brained skills to work out the physics and engineering of the systems, it takes right brained skills to understand the context of it all and to design things in a way that has meaning as an end result.

Today, Casey Sherred sent me an online test from the Art Institute of Vancouver to measure which side of the brain is dominant. I didn't actually need the test. Anyone who would actually spend time morphing a photo of her own image into a digital art piece just for fun....well, you know....

Anyway, the test actually breaks out the types of processing. I scored 50% on "random." (Given the name of this blog, go figure.) And this is what it had to say...

Random Processing
Random processing is a method used by the right hemisphere for processing information. The information that is received is processed without priority. A right-brained person will usually jump from one task to another due to the random processing by their dominant right hemisphere. Random processing is, of course, the opposite of sequential processing therefore making it difficult for right-brained individuals to choose to learn in sequence.

Your Random Analysis
You have some ability to process data randomly. You are at times able to make "leaps of logic" and discover unique things by thinking "outside of the box." However, you may tend to ignore your random processing thoughts unless you are desperate for a solution. It is important you recognize this skill as not grasping at straws, but a viable way to discover new ways of approaching a problem.

See, John??? Viable. Completely and totally viable.
© Random Cathy
Maira Gall