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Science tells us that creative people are right-brained: intuitive, random, focused on the big picture, subjective, holistic. I’m sure this is true of many of you. But the more I delve into this diverse creative community, the more I meet people who create amazing works of art & craft who are very much logical, mathematical, objective, analytical creatures. In fact, they are left-brained.
Of course, brain science is inexact. But this simple dichotomy of thinking about thought has always fascinated me and I think there’s a lot to it.
For my part, I consider myself cranially ambidextrous. Don’t google that – I totally made it up. I like to think with both sides. What do I love about web design? I love fitting the tiny pieces together, manipulating them, discovering the logic behind their function. What do I love about blogging? I love the big picture, the creative writing, the juxtaposition of word & image on screen.
But I wanted to know more about creative people who favor their left-brain thinking skills. So I asked! As always, Twitter & Facebook did not disappoint. Below are some of your comments. Have something else to say? Please leave it in the comments on this post! I think it will be a subject I’ll be exploring in depth over time.
— Bridgett Edwards
I’m realistic about how much I can do in the space I have/limit materials/limit techniques… but I also see/solve real problems, don’t fall in love with ideas that will lose money
— Sam Hirst
Yes, that is definitely me. I constantly struggle internally with the question, “am I actually a creative? or do I just appreciate creativity and want really badly to be creative?” I’ve taken the left vs. right tests before and I always end up smack dab in the middle … except slightly more left. Many times I’ve given up on being artistic, finally convinced myself I’m just not creative enough (like the people who have such awesome creative blogs). But then I can’t help myself and start a new project. Surely there has to be a creative outlet for us over-analyzers? I constantly feel “left out” of the creative community. I feel like all my creativity is just imitating others and what they have already done. Sometimes I think I just haven’t found the right medium yet. Maybe something more mathematical, like music? Or more of an arranging art than an originating art? (i.e. collaging vs. painting) But I have to say, just seeing you post this question makes me happy, since I now know I’m not the only one with this problem.
— Casey Fisher
Honestly, I feel like my analytical side and creative side are at odds with each other a LOT! On the other hand, I think that when they are in harmony, it opens up doors that people who are only left-brained or only right-brained don’t even have. I don’t ever feel left out of the creative community, but I do sometimes feel like I’m a little weird!
— Stephanie Sharp
I keep getting told that I am much more logical than creative. I’m not sure if it’s true but I do like things to follow a logical path! If I have an idea for a design, I need to sketch it out then work out exactly how I’m going to make it and from what instead of a more trial-and-error approach. I feel more comfortable if I know the steps I need to follow and almost write myself a pattern before I’ve started!
— Ellie Thouret
Being a creative person with left brain mentality for me equates into highly focused work ethic, anal about details, fastidious for perfection, highly organized assembly line style work table, while working in a scattered hap-hazard, I know I left here somewhere studio.
— Elizabeth Callanta
So – are you a left-brained creative?