Understanding your brain dominance, and therefore what knowledge and skills come easily to you, can be a huge benefit in many areas of life, especially career. Below are a couple personality systems based on brain dominance, and three online tests to find out your brain type.
Katherine Benziger is a psychologist with over 25 years experience with personality assessing for business based on brain dominance theory. Her system focuses on wellness and places a strong emphasis on avoiding falsifying one’s type. She believes each person has one natural mode (brain area), but can develop competencies in other modes with practice.
Below is a table describing the four brain regions and how they compare to Myers-Briggs typology. In addition to these four types, there are also combinations: dual- and whole-brained competencies.
|Mode||Brain Area||Focus||Description||Jungian Function||Jungian Superior and Auxiliary Functions||Myers Briggs Types|
|1||Basal Left||Order, Routine Process, Procedures||Realistic, down-to-earth, practical, sensible, past-focused, detailed, structured, ordered, efficient, dependable, reliable, obedient, deadline-oriented, disciplined||Sensing||ST and SF||ESTP ISTJ ESFP ISFJ|
|2||Basal Right||Intuition, Empathy, Spirituality, Rhythm, Harmony||Subjective, personal, values intimacy, sees extenuating circumstances, humane, sees harmony, empathic, compassionate, intuitive, sensitive, connects well and easily with people, caring, compassionate, good interpersonal skills||Feeling||FS and FN||ESFJ ISFP ENFJ INFP|
|3||Frontal Right||Vision, Creativity, Imagination, Expression||Speculative, fantasy-/idea-focused, imaginative, future-focused, sees the “big picture”, uses metaphors, visualizer, conceptualizer, expressive, enthusiastic, change-seeking, easily bored||Intuition||NT and NF||ENTP INTJ ENFP INFJ|
|4||Frontal Left||Logic, Results, Structure, Analysis||Analytical, objective, critical, principled, scientific, logical, mathematical, tactical, goal-/ task-/results-oriented, direct||Thinking||TS and TN||ESTJ ISTP ENTJ INTP|
Brain typing is another personality assessment system, which was developed in the late 1970s by Jon Niednagel, a sports coach, who observed that children with similar personalities had similar motor skills. This emphasis on motor skills is how this system differs from other typologies. It recognizes 16 types, like the Myers-Briggs typology system.
The below table describes the eight functions that are matched together to create these 16 brain types:
|Brain Type||Jungian-Myers Correspondence||Description|
|Front||Extraversion||External, expressive, broad|
|Back||Introversion||Internal, reflective, deep|
|Empirical||Sensing||Observer, literal, concrete, realist, pragmatic|
|Conceptual||Intuitive||Imaginative, abstract, theoretical, idealistic, visionary|
|Animate||Feeling||Emotional, compassionate, feelings-oriented, subjective|
|Inanimate||Thinking||Logical, justice-seeking, objective|
|Right||Perceiving||Holistic, adaptable, artistic, spatial, visual|
|Left||Judging||Analytical, ordered, detailed, numerical, verbal|
And lastly, some keyword traits for left brain vs. right brain dominance:
|Left Brain||Right Brain|
|Analytical, hard facts, discipline, rules, math, science, categorizing, logic, deductive reasoning, details, definitions, planning, goals, productivity, words, technology, literal, orderly, exact||Intuitive, feelings, sensitivity, emotions, daydreaming, visualizing, creativity, color, spatial awareness, first impressions, rhythm, spontaneity, impulsiveness, flexibility, humor, relationships, mysticism, abstract concepts|
To find out your brain dominance, check out these three free online tests:
Similar Minds: http://similarminds.com/brain.html
The Art Institute of Vancouver: http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/left_right/rb_test.htm
Brain Types: http://braintypes.com/questionnaire.asp