21 April 2017, evening...
Sometime in my 20s, I was introduced to the concept of the bicameral mind in which the Left brain is predominately analytical and the Right brain is predominately creative. Furthermore, we can all be classified as either Left or Right brain dominate. AND, whatever we are, Left or Right, it does not change.
Over the years, I completed a variety of diagnostic instruments intended to determine whether I was Left or Right brained and they all came back squarely Left. Not really a surprise. Then, earlier this week, I completed another, just for fun. Not even close, I came up Right. hmmmm Could be a glitch in the instrument. Or, it could be that we change over time.
So, I looked at my life.
Prior to puberty, I was definitely Right brained as I think most children are. Art. Music. Invention. Story Telling. Disdain for rules. But sometime during puberty, I discovered an aptitude for math, science, and problem solving that was above the average for my peers.
I spent my 20s and 30s in a very Left brained activity -- developing software. I solved problems, developed algorithms, translated algorithms to the programming language du jour, and became somewhat OCD. It was during this time that I took all those early Left/Right brain tests.
During my 40s, things began to change. I reached a level of mathematics in college that I was not so good at. (And frankly, I still think most multivariate statistics is slight of hand.) I found some softer sciences that I enjoyed. Although I had never abandoned my creative efforts completely, during this period, I started to re-examine them and find ways to enjoy making things again.
During my 50s, I've been almost exclusively in my creative persona. Teaching required some creative efforts on my part. And, now, with time on my hands, I find I like to dabble in a number of creative outlets. I've yet to find that one to really concentrate on, but I'm working on it.
And, now, I'm Right brained.
There was a time when folks believed that right handed people were Left brained and left handed people were Right brained. This spawned the meme, "Only left handed people are in their right mind."
As a trained scientist, I'm wondering about the diagnostic instruments. They could be faulty and that could by why I've "changed my mind." I want to do a little more snooping around for some validated instruments.
But, until I find something, I've crossed over from the rational side to the right side.
Deborah K Smith, PhD
As a self-proclaimed mixed media artist and creative professional, I am in my 3rd career, having spent 15 years as a software developer and another 15 as a university professor. My first love and my most demanding one has always been creating whether it be a drawing, a bit of crocheted lace, a cloth doll, a piece of software, a PhD dissertation, or a piece of digital art. I simply LOVE to make things and I see make and make-over opportunities everywhere. My only regret is that there is no possible way that I can live long enough to make all of the things I see in my mind.