Would You Believe, “Right Brainers” Will Rule the World! Are You More Left or Right Brained in Orientation?


Do you know the difference between your left brain and your right brain?  You might want to. An interesting book: A WHOLE NEW MIND: WHY RIGHT BRAINERS WILL RULE THE FUTURE” by Daniel H. Pink, states that an evolving world will be enhanced more by the right brainers than by those of a left brain orientation. He says this book is written for people interested in “personal growth and professional success”.

First, a clarification of terms:

LEFT brain is “sequential, logical, linear,  and analytical. RIGHT brain in non linear and intuitive, and holistic.

LEFT understands text.  RIGHT understands context. Qualities include,meaning, inventiveness, joyfulness,empathy.

LEFT handles what is said. RIGHT focuses on how it is said (the non verbal, often emotional cues delivered through gaze,

facial expression, and intonation).

LEFT analyzes the details, focuses on facts, categories and details. RIGHT  synthsizes the big picture in relationships.


To quote Pink: “The right and left brain hemispheres are actually two half brains designed to work together as a smooth single integrated whole in one entire complete brain. The Left hemisphere knows how to handle logic and the Right hemisphere knows about the world.  Put the two together and one gets a powerful thinking machine.  Use either on its own and the result can be bizarre or absurd. To lead a healthy happy successful life depends on both hemispheres of your brain”.

Pink observes that we are moving from the Information Age to the Conceptual Age. He says that to be prepared for this next stage one needs six high concept, high touch, aptitudes – “six senses”.  They are:

DESIGN: create something beautiful, whimsical, or emotionally engaging.

STORY: essence of persuasion, communication, and self understanding to fashion a compelling narrative.

SYMPHONY: synthesis- seeing the big picture, crossing boundaries and being able to combine disparate pieces into an arresting new whole.

EMPATHY: ability to understand what makes your fellow woman or man tick, to forge relationships, and to care for others.

PLAY: enormous health benefits of laughter, lightheartedness, games, and humor.

MEANING: pursue more significant desires, purpose, transcendence, and spiritual fulfillment.

Pink believes that these six senses, aptitudes, will guide our lives and shape our world. He goes on further in the book to give further tools, exercises, and further reading materials to “send you on your way to develop a whole new mind”. Is there a particular area, or areas, that might be enhancing for you?

Thought provoking, stimulating, and inviting are words that come to mind after absorbing the overall message and learning modules designed to help one move from the Information Age (Left brain orientation) to the Conceptual Age (Right brain orientation). An oversight, however, in my opinion is that he presupposes that most people are already Left brained developed. That is not my experience as I work with people and their brain functioning. I wish he had devoted more time to give instructions to help
people enhance that brain hemisphere.

So, respected reader, are you ready to move forward learning, growing, and integrating into a life facilitated by a “WHOLE NEW MIND”?

P.S. For those of you who have not yet entered into the Information Age, you have one helluva lot of catching up to do! If anyone calls you a “half brain” Athens Tech classes would be a good start!




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