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Left, right or whole? a learning style inventory…

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Left: "must work" Right:"must play!"

A learning style inventory I’ve uncovered in my collection of resources:  I wouldn’t stake my um.. let’s see.. my next meal? my next painting?… on it being entirely scientific or accurate. However, I like it because it does give you the opportunity to think about how you think and how your brain functions.

After the survey, I’ve posted a bit about my personal results/thoughts, because there’s more to cutting out clothing labels than a right brain, I think.  I’d love to hear you thoughts on this survey.

Answer yes or no to
the following questions.

Are you better at remembering faces than names?

When you’re presented with a toy or piece of furniture to assemble, are you
likely to discard the printed directions and figure out how to build it yourself?

Are you better at thinking of ideas if you’re left to concentrate rather than
working with a group?

Do you rely mostly on pictures to remember things, as opposed to names
and words?

Do you have especially acute hearing?

Do you cut labels out of clothes? Do you favour garments that are especially
soft and well-worn, finding most clothing too rough or scratchy?

Do you tend to put yourself down a lot?

When you’re asked to spell a word, do you ‘see’ it in your head rather than
sound it out phonetically?

When you’re studying a subject, do you prefer to get the ‘big picture’ as
opposed to learning a lot of facts?

Are you good with puzzles and mazes?

Can you imagine things well in three dimensions? In other words, can you
visualise a cube in your mind, rotate it, and view it from every angle without
difficulty?

Were you considered a late bloomer?

Did you need to like your teacher to do well in his or her class?

Are you easily distracted to the point that you find yourself daydreaming a
lot?

Are you a perfectionist to the point that it gets in the way of trying new
things?

Are you ultra-competitive, hating to lose more than most people do?

Are you good at figuring people out? Do others tell you that you’re good at
‘reading’ people?

Is your handwriting below average or poor?

Were you a late walker or did you have other delayed motor skills as a child?

When you’re in a new place do you tend to find your way around easily?

The more yes responses you have the more right brained you will be. In general,
0-4 yes answers indicate you’re very left brained, 5-8 somewhat left brained, 9-
12 whole brained, 13-16, somewhat right brained, and 17-20 very right brained.
From the creator of this: This is not a scientific test but it will give you a general understanding of your brain development.

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And here’s a few of my answers that I’ve included in the hopes that they share insights that you might relate to.  Overall, I turned out to be ‘whole brainish.”

Are you better at remembering faces than names?  Yes! And go with this one, folks… instead of beating yourself up for not remembering names and for having all the sure cure techniques for remembering names fail you.. NOW you can say, “I’ll always remember your face, but as a highly creative right brain being, attaching names isn’t my forte.”

When you’re presented with a toy or piece of furniture to assemble, are you
likely to discard the printed directions and figure out how to build it yourself?

No. I insist on reading the instructions having had to dismantle any number of items I’ve messed up.  Like repairing the dryer because I thought that would be fun. The real repairman thought that was funny… and lucrative for him, I might add.

Do you have especially acute hearing?  Nope, can’t say that I do.  Readers, do you? But wait, that’s not true! I can only listen to music on a great stereo, am extremely annoyed by background noise like a TV, and would blow up every fluorescent light in existence if that kind of fun were acceptible.  (okay, that’s also due to the fact that I get sick in fluorescent lighting)

Do you cut labels out of clothes? Do you favour garments that are especially
soft and well-worn, finding most clothing too rough or scratchy?  YES!!  A curious thing is that I am especially sensitive if at the same time I am forced to be in fluorescent lights.  So, in my corporate work days, as soon as I got to the office, I’d suddenly have to have a co-workers quickly cut the tag out of my shirt.  Back then, I thought I was just a bit of a freak. BUT further research  led me to “Irlen’s Syndrome” – well worth exploring if you or your child has trouble with lights/ reading/ or has autism/diagnosed A.D.D.  Not just info, they offer products that help.   Google it for a variety of research options including self-testing, etc.

Do you tend to put yourself down a lot?  Me? Maybe back when I thought I was a ‘freak’ cuz of itchy labels.. but I am a life coach. And I’ve been life coached… My put downs are very limited, but I know that it is true that many creatives are very hard on themselves.

Are you easily distracted to the point that you find yourself daydreaming a

Left: “Focus!” Right:”Oh,..imagine..”

lot? Yes! and loving it! (okay,the coach thing helps me recognize 1. the value of daydreaming. 2. the tools to get focussed again and even better 3. take those daydreams to a new level.)

Are you a perfectionist to the point that it gets in the way of trying new
things?  Absolutely have been… now practise and teach the art of imperfection. It is true that perfectionism can be huge barrier to success for right-brainers.

Are you ultra-competitive, hating to lose more than most people do?  Ultra-competitive.. but always with myself in individual sport or games. 

Is your handwriting below average or poor?  Okay this IS the reason I posted my answers so I can share this story:

Once upon a time I was a very organized, linear, efficient recreation and events coordinator with the most beautiful handwriting.

Then I took up pottery, and creative writing, and flung into a glorious sideline of soulful discovery. I literally watched my handwriting become horrific. 

I thought it was that I was just ‘too busy,’ until later when I learned that rightbrainers often have bad handwriting. (THIS IS NOT ALWAYS TRUE! I have a highly creative client with the most extraordinarily beautiful handwriting.. but I think that happens in an artistic way for her.)

Oh do tell, dear reader.. how’s your handwriting?  How ‘accurate’ were your results? Do clothing labels make you crazy and do you prefer soft and cozy? (and now you know why one of my online course groups is called ‘Muses in Jammies’!)  Anybody annoyed by lights or very picky about noise?  Anybody feel a little more compassion towards themselves knowing that right brainers tend to be hard on themselves and perfectionists? (Heck, you can let go some of the hard on yourself talk just knowing this!)

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About Janet

Artist/writer with a tall ship and mystical twist, Certified Professional Life Coach (ICA), Master Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach (KMCC), empowerment workshop leader and creativity group facilitator trainer. Outdoor enthusiast and Tall Ship sailor. Healed from breast cancer using her own tools of play, lightness, creativity, nature, thinking differently and visualization to speed the healing, and ever ever so grateful for all the wondrous people she is surrounded by.

2 responses »

  1. so honest and very interesting. Good for you putting yourself out there. Certainly made me think. Ta very much!! 🙂

    Reply
  2. Thanks for commenting! And what’s your handwriting like, Liz?

    Reply

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