2 “Brains” and 2 “Languages”
Your 2 “Brains”
... is that really true? The brain is shrouded in mystery, so it’s no wonder a myth persists to suggest that you have multiple brains. Clearly you only have ONE BRAIN and it operates as a united whole. However, we can reasonably speak about different ways the brain works in terms of preferences and dominance. It is similar to being left or right handed…the preferred hand doesn’t mean you don’t use both of them to catch a ball or hold a baby.
In framing thinking and talking, it is useful to have a rough idea of each of these “brains” and how they contribute to your whole thinking organ.
The left brain is the more centralized place of analysis, logic, sequence, objectivity, and words. In general it is more Inductive. We will look at this in a future post, but know that the more inductive left brain is especially good at looking at the PARTS.
The right brain is the more centralized place of synthesis, intuition, simultaneous, subjectivity, and pictures. In general it is more Deductive. We will look at this in later posts also, but know that the more deductive right brain is especially good at looking at the WHOLE (The Point).
Your 2 “Languages”
A lot of press is given to observation that we think in pictures, but the truth as that we really use the languages of pictures and words. It is clear that pictures are powerful. A great rallying image for Americans is the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.
On the other hand, in Texas it is the words, “Remember the Alamo” that inspires the troops. We certainly think with pictures as we use our imaginations to envision or recall scenes and images. The visual world in our minds isn’t complete, though paintings are beautiful. Without words the pictures are basically silent movies. Words alone can make for great radio, which in turn stimulates our picturing the story we are listening to. Words and pictures work together, but know that a picture may be worth a thousand words, but nothing is better at conveying abstract thought with clarity than the words we use.