Sunday, January 17, 2016

Characteristics of Right Brain Dominant People

Right Brain Dominant People Who Are Comfortable Expressing Creativity...

Creativity is forged in the fire of the unconscious and the unfathomable depths of the unknown where nothing is predetermined and everything is possible. This is the realm of the right brain, which is also the dream state. It is the place of images, feelings and mystery. It is non-linear. People at home in the right side of the brain swim in the sea of mystery and possibility with a certain fearlessness that they often do not know they own.

The right side of the brain is not afraid of or even aware of the potential for failure; it is looking for possibility not definition. People who are right brain dominant and are comfortable expressing creativity, allow themselves to swim in this great sea of possibility without fearing they will never make sense, grow or complete. They intuitively understand that the left brain, its organizational ability and its drive to complete will step in at the right time. In other words, they trust the creative process, which is a dance between the right and left sides of the brain.

I had sent my heroine straight down a rabbit-hole ...
without the least idea what was to happen afterwards.

~ Lewis Carroll

Right Brain Dominant People Who Are Not Comfortable Expressing Creativity...
Right brain dominant people who are not expressing their creativity trust neither the right nor the left side of the brain. They swim aimlessly in the great sea of possibility and often give up and feel unsuccessful, unworthy and even stupid because nothing they do ever gets finished. They are likely to believe the stories that have pigeon-holed them as ditzy, disorganized and sometimes even useless. These people have had little support for their right brain strengths, and even when their creativity is praised, the praise falls on deaf ears. They have lost belief in themselves and their self worth. This is a tragic situation for the person who is born right brain dominant. 

Left Brain Dominant People Who Yearn to Express Their Creativity....
The realm of the left brain/rational mind is that of logic, order and definition. Its job is to process information, draw conclusions and complete. It does this in a linear fashion that is antithetical to the right brain's ability to swim in the sea of possibility and mystery.
The left side of the brain does not know what to do with the first spark of creativity; it cannot deal with that which is yet unformed and hence unknown. Therefore, bringing the rational mind into the early phases of any creative undertaking is counter-productive. This is what makes the creative process so challenging for left brain dominant people who yearn to express their creativity.
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift."
                                                      ~ Albert Einstein
One of the most wicked destructive forces, psychologically speaking, is unused creative power... If someone has a creative gift and out of laziness, or for some other reason doesn’t use it, the psychic energy turns to sheer poison.
                                                        —Marie-Louise Frantz
Marie Louise Frantz was a life long associate of Carl Jung and the founder of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich.
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