How to think more effectively using your whole brain
Are you thinking with your whole brain?
Whilst many of us are aware of the concept of left brain right brain thinking differences, fewer of us know that this is only half the story especially if we hold the opinion that thinking must be left vs. right brain. Whole Brain thinking will create terrific opportunities for your self-improvement and realisation of your potential.
Have you given any thought recently as to how you think? Like most people, probably not.
Yet HOW you think is fundamental to achievement in all aspects of life. It will determine how you relate to others, work in teams, make decisions, be creative, manage your life, plan and achieve self-improvement.
Created by Ned Herrmann in the late 1970s, this model is a metaphor of how our brains work.
It enables us to express our thinking preferences across the four quadrants and modes that represent the differences between left brain right brain thinking and cerebral limbic thinking
You have all four thinking styles available to you. The idea of right brain vs left brain is too simplistic and technically inaccurate.
About 5% of people use only one of the quadrants as their dominant thinking style,
About 55% use two of the quadrants,
About 35% use three,
And about 5% use all four.
Once you know how you think, you can use your unique thinking profile to gain success and personal development in many ways.
The most common applications of left brain right brain, cerebral limbic thinking are self improvement. Understanding your thinking preferences will enable you to stretch your mind (e.g. you may use your left brain thinking more regarding time management or your right brain thinking relating to dealing with uncertainty)
Knowing which patterns of thinking you usually rely on will enable you to recognise differences with others.
You will be able to match your communications approach to their thinking style. You can choose communication methods to establish rapport quickly and be able to identify and correct any misunderstandings. You will be able to organise and deliver information in a whole brain way, making sure that you connect with everyone, whether they are left brain right brain or cerebral limbic dominant thinkers.
Knowing the different thinking styles equips you with a means to think about any situation in, at least, four different ways. By taking a whole-brain thinking “walk around” you will be able to use left brain right brain and cerebral limbic thinking to make connections and create better solutions. And, as you find yourself saying, “there’s another way of thinking about that”, you will be helping others to be more creative too.
Understanding your own, and others, profiles will enable you to work effectively in a team.
In particular, you will be able to value and manage differences. You will be able to make conflict constructive and build high levels of trust and respect.
If people think differently, and they do, they must learn differently. Knowing your unique thinking preferences profile will give you vital help in boosting your learning. You will be able to organise how you take in information and how you explore it in your mind.