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No Such Thing As Right-Brained, Left-Brained?

A few years ago, I read the book The Gift Of Dyslexia by Ron Davis. A dyslexic himself, Davis believes that some people are right-brained dominant, others are left-brained dominant, and some fall in the middle.

According to his descriptions, as well as a quiz I took online, I’m in the middle. My husband and son, on the other hand, are right-brain dominant.

Except, now they’re saying there’s no such thing. Who’s they, you ask? You know. Those annoying skeptics who don’t believe anything unless they have concrete evidence. They’re as smart as God, having figured out the entire universe, including the complex human brain.

I’m not going to try to argue with them. Though I still use the brain-hemisphere terminology in the privacy of home, and I believe in it, I’m done using it online. I don’t need all those supersmart scientifically-minded mini-gods whacking me over the head with metaphorical rubber hoses in the comment section of YouTube. Instead, I’ve begun using the terms “picture-thinkers” and “word-thinkers.”

This is how Ron Davis distinguishes right-brained people from left-brained people. Right-brained people think either exclusively, or mostly, in pictures. When cornered, my husband will tell you that he’s about half and half. That doesn’t make him a middler, like me, but rather a middler between being a middler and right-brained.

Confused? Okay, you must be right-brained.

You know you are if you’ve been slapped with any of the following labels: autistic, A.D.H.D., dyslexic. Because you are in the minority, and so the majority has to make you feel like there’s something wrong with you by labeling you. After all, you don’t fit in with mainstream society, especially its school system.

Moving right along.

Left-brained people, and middlers, think either exclusively in words, or mostly in words. Our thought life is a continual internal dialogue.

Because they think in pictures, picture-thinkers have a hard time with two-dimensional language, AKA printed words. They also struggle with memorizing facts, which, if you think about it, is a two-dimensional activity. There’s not depth to it.

On the other hand, picture-thinkers can perceive the world – and problems – from all sides and angles, making them the creative, mechanical, and artsy geniuses of the world.

For some reason, it also makes them more sensitive, emotionally and physically. Thus the seemingly odd behaviors of autistic people, which are really their attempts at  trying to diminish the intensity of light, sound, and sensations surrounding them. 

Word-thinkers, on the other hand, on average become fluent with all modes of language much sooner than picture-thinkers. Memorizing math facts and rules for reading, spelling, and grammar are relatively easy. We are the ones whom the picture-thinkers marry so they’ll have someone to help them organize their lives.

Ironically, the right side of the brain is the main part that we use for creative endeavors. And the left side is the primary part that accesses and uses language.

But there is no evidence for the right-brained/left-brained theory.

Spoken by mini-gods who have never entered into a relationship with someone with the opposite type of thinking from them.

Trust me: having been married to a mostly picture-thinker for fourteen years, and having been a mother to an exclusively picture-thinker for almost thirteen years, I agree with Ron Davis wholeheartedly on this.

A woman with an experience is never at the mercy of a mini-god with an argument.

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