21 April 2016
Over the past few years, the speculations in the world of neuro-science, the theories developed and ideas used to explain the operations of the work-house of the mind have led to a divide over which is greater than the other. The debate has been about the brain – its right and left hemisphere. Earlier debates suggested the left hemisphere is the dominant sphere, with its function being the undertaker of the analytical, calculative and linear process. The right due to little or no discovery of its functions had been underrated.
Later on, more discoveries were made and to much surprise of the scientist then, the right hemisphere was just as useful as the left. Thereafter, the rise of its popularity also fueled another speculation that the right brain was better-for its spontaneous, varied and holistic function. It was thought to be the worker behind creativity, thus a move to the right brain and the neglect of the left.
However, to strike a balance, they are complementary. A right mind, functions whole. In the book ‘A Whole New Mind’, Daniel Pink makes a plea to see these parts as equals, to avoid over dependency on one. In truth, some individuals are more right inclined than some others, same with the left.
That happens majorly as a result of the background. A child that grew up with both parents as engineers, scientists or academics are more likely to be left inclined, while those who were nurtured by artists lead on to be more right inclined. But it is, in the 21st century, developing skills in both spheres that make you thrive and stay relevant.