Right or Left: What Part Of Your Brain Tells You What To Do?

By: Brian Whitney

Right or Left: What Part Of Your Brain Tells You What To Do?
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About This Quiz

Most of us know the theory of left brain vs. right brain, in other words, that one side of our brain is more dominant than the other. If you are left-brained then you are analytical and methodical, and if you're right-brained you tend to be creative and artistic. So if you're a CEO of a business, you're probably left-brained, and if you're making a living as an artist then you're right-brained. Some of the things that left-brained people are known for are being logical and doing things in an orderly fashion, while people who are right-brained are thought of as those who daydream, use their imagination and their intuition. If you spend a lot of time thinking about your retirement plan even when you're in your 20s you're totally left-brained, and if you're happy in your 20s that you have enough money to pay the rent and go out and get hammered on Saturday night, then you're right-brained.

What about you? Does your left brain tell you what to do and make sure that you make all the right decisions and stay on the straight and narrow? Or is it your right brain that rules you, making sure you have a good time and stay true to yourself? Or maybe you're somewhere in between? Take this quiz to find out.

School Subject What is your favorite subject?
Math
Science
English
Philosophy

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thinking How good are you at remembering people's names?
I never forget a name.
I am pretty good.
Not that great.
I am awful at names, but great with faces.

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Waiting You're meeting someone for coffee at 9 a.m. When do you show up?
8:45
8:55
9:05
9:15

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Reading Outside Do you ever skim through parts of books that bore you?
I never skim through books.
I try not to.
I have been known to do that.
Sure. All the time.

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Daydreaming How often do you daydream?
I rarely do that.
Not often.
Pretty often.
I am doing it right now.

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Distracted Texting Are you easily distracted?
No, I stay on point.
I try not to be.
That has been known to happen.
Can you repeat that?

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Spock Who would you be on Star Trek?
Mr. Spock
Dr. McCoy
Scotty
Captain Kirk

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Risky Do you like taking risks?
No, they terrify me.
I try to avoid them.
I have been known to do that.
I live for that.

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Music while Working Do you like music to be playing when you work?
I can't stand that.
I would rather not have music on.
Sure, it is helpful.
I need to have music on.

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Worried Do you worry about what other people think of you?
Doesn't everyone?
I try not to.
Maybe a little bit.
I could care less.

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Blank business card What job sounds best for you?
Business analyst
Lawyer
Teacher
Author

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Cleaning Do you like to clean?
Sure, it feels good.
No, but I do it because I have to.
I don't like it much.
I can't stand it.

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Neat room Does everything have to be in its place at home?
Yes, or I could freak out.
Well, that would be nice.
No, I don't care much about that.
Things don't even have a place at my house.

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Learning How do you learn best?
By listening to something out loud.
By listening to something out loud and also reading a bit.
By reading and listening to something out loud.
By reading.

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To do list Do you have a to-do list?
Of course. Doesn't everyone?
Yes, but I don't always check it.
I try to do things like that.
Are you kidding?

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Car Directions Are you good at giving people directions?
I would say so.
I think I am.
Not so much.
No, I can barely follow them myself.

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Lots of Money What sounds best?
To have a million dollars and have to work really hard.
To have $100,000 and work kind of hard.
To have $20,000 and not have to work hard at all.
To have just enough to live on and have total freedom.

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Movies What do you pay most attention to during a movie?
The plot
The special effects
The acting
The cinematography

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Holding hands couple What is most impressive to you in a significant other?
How hard they work.
How dependable they are.
Their looks
Their heart

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Puzzle Do you like puzzles?
Yes, I can do puzzles for hours.
I enjoy them.
Not much
They do nothing for me.

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Art Museum Do you enjoy art museums?
Not particularly
I get bored pretty quickly.
Sure, I enjoy them.
I love them.

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Books What type of novel sounds fun to read?
Mystery
Crime
Literary
Science fiction

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Star Wars Scene What movie sounds good?
"Wall Street"
"The Departed"
"Blade Runner"
"Star Wars"

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Nice bedroom How neat is your bedroom?
Extremely neat
Pretty neat
Kind of messy
It is totally trashed.

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Learn What would you most like to learn?
Sales techniques
A new language
How to paint
A new meditation technique

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How would your friends describe you?
Dependable
Successful
Fun
Wild

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Party When was the last time you spent all night partying?
I have never done that.
Years ago
A year ago
Within the last few months

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Alone Would you be sad if you never found a life partner?
That would be devastating.
I probably would be.
I hope not.
Of course not, I am OK no matter what.

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New day When do you get up on the weekends?
6 a.m.
8 a.m.
10 a.m.
Noon

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Job Quit Work Would you quit a well-paying job if you hated it, with no other job lined up?
I could never do that.
That would be hard.
Only if I really hated it.
Easily

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How often do you use a calculator?
When it's time for bills.
I can't remember the last time.
Once a day
I prefer pencil and paper.

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Are you shy when you meet new people?
Sometimes
Not if we're properly introduced
All the time
If I'm with friends, I'm more outgoing.

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Do you believe in an afterlife?
There's something bigger.
I'm on the fence.
I sure do.
I'll find out someday.

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Do you shower when you first get up?
I shower when I get home.
I like to have breakfast first.
It's the first thing I do.
I shower when I need it.

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Do you try to fix things yourself?
That's a bad idea.
I try sometimes.
I have learned my lesson.
It depends on the thing.

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What are your dreams usually like?
Weird
Steamy
Scary
Unmemorable

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Are you a leader or a follower?
I just am.
I'm a leader.
I'll follow the right person.
I'm more of a team player.

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Do you tend to wear more black or more white?
My clothes are more colorful.
I wear more white.
It's an even mix.
I wear tons of black.

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What do you do at parties?
Dance
Eat
Mingle
Hide

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Do you follow fashion trends?
I try to keep up.
It's not my thing.
I follow other kinds of trends.
I wear what feels good.

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