#BrainFactMonday – Left-Brain/Right-Brain Myth: What’s True and What’s Not
Posted on 30th October 2023
Here we are again! The left/right brain myth shows up in a leader's language during a session today!
If you're in a leadership position, you should be extra careful in perpetrating myths (and labels) that may mislead and disempower your team members!
So, this #BrainFactMonday is all about setting the record straight!
First of all: 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗲𝗳𝘁/𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝘆𝘁𝗵?
It's a popular misconception that suggests that the two hemispheres of the brain are responsible for different types of thinking. The left is associated with logic, language, and analytical thinking, while the right one is associated with creativity, intuition, and emotions.
❌ Myth: People are predominantly left-brained or right-brained.
✔️ Truth: This is a gross oversimplification of brain function. While some functions are lateralized to one hemisphere, both hemispheres work together for most cognitive tasks.
❌ Myth: Left-brained individuals are analytical and logical.
✔️ Truth: Logic and analysis are not exclusive to one hemisphere. Both sides contribute to these skills, and creativity, too.
❌ Myth: Right-brained individuals are artistic and creative.
✔️ Truth: Creativity is a complex process involving various brain regions. Many "logical" individuals are highly creative as well.
❌ Myth: You can't change your brain's dominant hemisphere.
✔️ Truth: The brain is remarkably adaptable (neuroplasticity). With practice and learning, you can enhance skills on both sides.
❌ Myth: Left-brained people can't be creative, and right-brained people can't excel in logical tasks.
✔️ Truth: People have a diverse range of talents, regardless of hemisphere dominance. Embrace your whole brain's potential (that said, it is true that my own brain literally can't stand mathematics!!!! ☠️)
❌ Myth: Left-brain/right-brain personality tests are accurate.
✔️ Truth: Such tests lack scientific validity and should be taken with a grain of salt. Brain functions are far more nuanced.
𝗜𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀? 🚀
Believing that the left brain is superior to the right brain, leaders might be more likely to value analytical thinking over creativity or intuition. This can lead them to make decisions that are not in the person or team's interest.
Understanding the complexity of the brain and how the two hemispheres work together can help them develop their strengths in both areas and 𝗺𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 and build more dynamic, adaptable, and innovative organizations!
Want to know more about how to leverage your brain in a leadership position?