Left vs Right: I feel the difference…

I know some folks no longer believe in left-brain vs right-brain dominance in people. But I can feel the difference.

Brain meme

I love my fellow introverts but I have historically had a more frustrating time with Intros on the left side of things. Except for some of my very close friends, who are gentle with my passions. (Thank guys!) I have a tough time, at least, if I am talking about something I am passionate about. Have you met me? I am super passionate or I wouldn’t be talking about whatever the topic may be.

Being told not to be attached or passionate about a topic sounds like gobbilty-gook. Being told not to put my heart into artwork is pure insanity. Left-Brained Introverts, often mathy-science-y folks, feel detached, less emotional, and more logical to me. I am very passionate and visual. Passion and cold facts do not always mix. Left brained folks are often less observant of people’s emotions or feelings and more observant of people’s wording or logic points. I guess I am thinking of a few specific people in my life. I do understand everything is a spectrum.

I realized the people who attack me the most for starting a Theme Camp for the Introvert spectrum (and our allies), they are left-brained Introverts. Who often refuse to believe in introversion, partially because non-scientists came up with Myers-Briggs. I love being told Introversion does not exist-by super obviously Introverted people.

Happens about as often as obvious Extroverts telling me they are Introverts. ;p

Add in Aspergers, Bi-polar, Social Anxiety etc and truly empathizing with each other becomes more complicated. It takes an extra level of gentle-ness and care to understand without alienating each other. I know I have made statements around out-loud processors only to accidentally insult an Aspy who is also an Introvert. (More needs to be written on the Intro and Extro natures of the Aspergers spectrum. The Aspy revolution is coming!)

For more on this topic, check out:

The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olson Laney