Are you Right-Brained or Left-Brained?

Try this Brain Teaser

By clicking on the image of The Spinning Dancer below. You will be taken to a website where you will see two identical versions of this spinning dancer animation. When you come back read the descriptions below.


Which way do you see her spinning? Click on the Image

If in both animations, you see her spinning clockwise to the right, you tend to be a right-brainer.
If you see her spinning counter-clockwise to the left, you tend to be left-brained.
Your tendency shows how you’ve trained your brain, or been influenced as you were growing up.
If you can see one dancer spinning clockwise and the other spinning counter-clockwise simultaneously, you are likely able to switch easily between both right or left-brain functions as needed.

With practice, you can figure out how to make this figure switch directions at will. This shows you can control when you are using your right or left brain hemispheres.

But the way you naturally tend to operate in the world, will always tend to dominate. This preference will show more clearly when you are not making any effort.


Left-brainers are logical and analytical. They thrive in structured environments.
They smoothly articulate what they wish to communicate to others. They may even enjoy a ‘good argument’. They perform well under stress, as in job interviews, laying out the answers to the questions, in a sequential and orderly way.

Left-brainers easily rise to the top of office management. They coolly and clearly look at the facts and make unemotional decisions. They are leaders who are not afraid to tell others what to do and how to do it. To them, there is only one way to do things and that’s the right way – the way that makes the most practical sense.

Trying out new ways of doing things can seem like a waste of time.
Most left-brainers tend to prefer being in the background, unseen and quietly influential – trusted, competent and knowledgeable.

Key left-brain functions

  • Uses logic in decision-making
  • Detail oriented
  • Facts rule
  • Prefers words and language
  • Present and past oriented
  • Math and science
  • Comprehension
  • Knows
  • Acknowledges
  • Order/pattern perception
  • Remembers an object’s name
  • Reality based
  • Forms strategies
  • Practical
  • Prefers safe course of action
  • Rule conscious

“Why fix it, if it ain’t broke,” says the left-brained person, who sees no need for trying a new way of doing something, when the old way works just fine.


For right-brained people, following a regimented, rigidly prescribed office routine is deadly. It goes too much against their creative Free Spirit. They like to imagine new possibilities, and enjoy looking at the many different angles of a problem. Inevitably, they want to try new and different ways of doing things. And this can clash with the lefties sense of orderliness and practicality.

Right-brainers visualize the big picture, ignoring the details of how to get there. If they are being interviewed by left-brainers, the right-brainer may appear to speak in generalities. They can even seem to be off point and scattered at times. They like to respond emotionally during interviews, laughing or telling stories to illustrate a point. Left-brainers, who are looking for a direct, concise, structured and unemotional answer, are unimpressed.

Key right-brain functions

  • Uses feeling in decision-making
  • “Big picture” oriented
  • Imagination rules
  • Prefers symbols and images
  • Present and future-oriented
  • Philosophy and religion
  • Gets the “general meaning”
  • Believes
  • Appreciates
  • Favors Spatial Perception
  • Remembers an object’s function
  • Fantasy based
  • Looks at possibilities
  • Impetuous action takers
  • Risk takers


If you are a Left-Brainer, try these Right-Brain Exercises to see how it feels

  1. Pay more attention to how you say things vs. what you say. Right-brained people are more influenced by the tone, pitch, and rhythm in the sound of your voice when you are telling them something.
  2. Try to feel how the other person is responding to you. Right brained people are more emotionally expressive and intuitive. The right brain tells them when something “feels” right.
  3. Look more at the big picture, the possibilities, the broad vision with as much sensual information as possible. The right brain wants to see, feel and experience what is being said.
  4. Ask more open-ended questions: “Why?” and “How?”
  5. When you go on vacation, try going with the flow, and just let things happen, without planning it out beforehand.

If you are a Right-Brainer, try these Left-Brain Exercises to see how it feels

  1. Become more detailed, and present your points in a clear, concise, logical order when you are trying to convince others.
  2. Challenge your mind with new ideas, such as learning a foreign language, doing crossword puzzles, or solving brainteasers.
  3. Focus more on what you are saying rather than how you are saying it.
  4. Try to see the linear sequence of events rather than going for the whole picture first.
  5. Before going on vacation, try planning it out in detail, so each day you know what you’ll be doing.

Why should I try these exercises?

Doing these exercises will definitely help your communication skills when you need to get through to a person who functions using the opposite brain preference to you. You will know or have a feel for how they think.

Finding Your Niche in the Workplace

Left-brainers love keeping records, doing calculations and working with the facts. They are in the minority in the expressive and performing arts which thrive when they are discovering inventions, designing, or in creative marketing. Left-brainers don’t want to be dealing with uncertainties.

Right-brained thinkers love any work that requires long range visionary planning, exploratory thinking, and/or motivating of others. Left-brained scientists and engineers also need these qualities to shine in their fields.

In this predominantly left-brained world, we need both of these types to thrive. Without right-brainers, we wouldn’t have most of the exciting innovations in the world.

And without the left-brainers behind the scenes, cooly directing and managing, organizing and controlling all the administrative details, that drive right-brainers batty, things wouldn’t run as smoothly. Keep this in mind the next time you are tempted to pass judgment on your opposite type.

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