Five Ways You Can Learn to Think With Both Sides of the Brain

The concept of left and right brain came into discussion in the late 1960's and since then whole-brained thinking has become an essential part of learning. While most of you have a distinct style of functioning, it is important to be proficient at both left and right brain thinking for a better professional and personal growth.
Author Daniel Pink in his book, "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future" talks about how our culture has focused on logical, mathematical thinking (left brain activities) for a while. "This focus on facts, programming and numbers has also meant a devaluing of skills that are often the strengths of the emotionally sensitive-empathy, making meaning, consoling, caretaking, awareness of undercurrents in interpersonal interactions and creativity."


Here are five ways to master the art of using both sides of the brain. 

 


The author describes two types of thinking, L-Directed Thinking, which is left brain thinking, usually sequential, literal, and analytic and R-Directed Thinking, which is metaphorical, aesthetic, and contextual. "Both approaches are necessary to build productive lives." Via Lifehacker