While we use both sides of our brains for almost every task we do, each side of our brain has its area of specialty, which in turn influences the way we think. Our left brain handles the parts of our lives that require a computer, calculator, calendar and clock.
Everyone’s brain is divided into two sides, which are equally important and necessary. The problem is the left side thinks it’s the boss but it’s not. The right brain is designed to lead. And when it doesn’t there are serious consequences.
The Lego Movie is an entertaining, highly creative commentary on the struggle between the Left and Right side of us – complete with an evil villain who wants order at any cost and a wild and crazy group of right brain creative types! As they struggle to coexist – they find out they’re Special when they work together and appreciate what each of them has to offer.
I have good news and bad news. Let’s do bad news first to get it over with. School favors the left brain kids. The skills you need to do well at school are in the left side of the brain. Listening, organizing, memorizing, writing. The good news is us right brain thinkers have a left side too.
Temple Grandin’s newest book, Visual Thinking, is a must read for anyone raising or educating children in the 21st century as we begin to see the need for every type of mind to be on board for our ride into the future.