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Right brained vs. left brained and how it affects your job

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by jakewriter82, Dec 9, 2007.

  1. jakewriter82

    jakewriter82 Active Member

    So this question is relevant to journalists, I believe, because we're a minute detail-oriented profession, more so than others perhaps.

    But, is it possible for a strong right-brained person to become a solid fact-checker and/or copy editor?
    The reason I ask this is it seems to me copy editors need to have strong left-brain traits, and right-brain traits, but more left-brained, it seems.

    I consider myself right-brained, means, at least according to this article: I'm more apt to these traits:

    uses feeling
    "big picture" oriented
    imagination rules
    symbols and images
    present and future
    philosophy & religion
    can "get it" (i.e. meaning)

    Then there's this link......

    I don't see how the dancer can be turning any other way but clockwise. I've tried, but I can't do it.

    What do you consider yourself? Does it affect the way you do your job?
  2. jakewriter82

    jakewriter82 Active Member

    Ok, sorry, so the article there lists left-brained people as being....

    uses logic
    detail oriented
    facts rule
    words and language
    present and past
    math and science
    can comprehend
    order/pattern perception
    knows object name
    reality based
    forms strategies

    None of this is anything new, but it's interesting to look at it and think about the terms differently.
  3. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Where does Write-brained fit in? :D
  4. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    I have strong tendencies toward both left- and right-brained. I'd like to think I make a decent desker, considering it's my day job.

    Right-brained helps me on design, left-brained helps me on editing.

  5. Right here. :)

  6. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    This was my initial thought on seeing the thread title as well.
  7. TheMethod

    TheMethod Member

    That "dancer" has nipples. What is the point?
  8. PHINJ

    PHINJ Active Member

    It's better to be integrated. I think having left- and right-brain traits are necessary for proper "newspapering." I tend to think the lefties outnumber the righties, however.
  9. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    Outing alert: PHINJ is Yawn!
  10. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty Guest

    what's that smell?
  11. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    I'm much more on the left-brain side of things, and I think it certainly shows in my writing.
  12. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Man that's weird -- or is it normal -- but I see it mostly going clockwise, but I glance away and look sometimes, and it's counterclockwise.
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