February 12, 2013


Have you ever taken one of those left brain/right brain dominant quizzes? They're all over the web, but here's one from the Art Insitutute of Vancouver: http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_test.htm

These tests tell you, in theory, a general outline of whether you're more analytical or more creative, more practical, or a free-spirit.

Here's the funny thing about me: I break those tests. I'm neither-brain dominant. Every test I've ever taken shows that I'm squarely in the middle, give or take a few points. Sometimes lefty is a bit on top, sometimes my right brain wins by a few percentage points.

I don't think this proves the tests inaccurate (they're more anecdotal than anything, I realize) - I have friends who are Very Obviously Right Brained, and have known others who are Very Left Brained as well.

I tell you all of this because it's really the story of how Ten Tiny Toes came to be. (And also because that Mercedes-Benz ad is gorgeous!)

Until 2009, I was fully immersed in Information Technology - my day job that continues today. I'm an Analyst - my brain works in reason, and logic, and finding patterns in data, and strategizing ways to be more efficient. I love numbers, and black and white, yes and no, on or off.

After Brecken, my oldest son, was born, and Ten Tiny Toes began to grow (you can click over to the About page to get the full scoop on that), I realized for the first time how much of my creativity I'd let slip over the previous years. I earned a minor in Art in college, but prior to that, I was always creative - making crafts, designing "posters" on our state-of-the-art (now ancient) home computer, even just "drawing" in Microsoft Paint.

This little side job of mine is really and truly my passion, but by that same token, I'm not sure if I would love it as much if it were my full-time job. I think I need both in my life - the analytical to balance out the dreamer. The black and white to balance out the bright, vivid colors that I'm pulled toward.

When I read this ad, I see all these words on the left side and shake my head, because many of them are so me and then I read the ones on the right side and laugh because they're also so me.

I feel lucky to have made this little self-discovery, that my yin and my yang of a brain are fairly evenly matched. I'd love to hear where you fall on this scale - are you left-brained? Or right?

1 comment:

  1. Left Brain 44%, Right Brain 56%

    Pretty close, for a marketing-wannabe-doctor-woman!


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