Are You a Right-Brain or Left-Brain Thinker?



Bored at work? This summer, AOL Jobs will be publishing a career quiz every week to keep you entertained. This quiz was so popular with readers when it originally ran that AOL is republishing it.

Are you a genius at certain jobs but feel like a half-wit when trying to complete other types of work? The two sides of the brain each have distinct preferences and capabilities, and your strengths and weaknesses are frequently based upon the side of your brain that is dominant.

Take this quiz to find out whether or not you are a right- or left-brain thinker and check out the correlating career choices.




1. Are you better at math and science than art and literature?

YES – People who are left-brain thinkers are often better at and enjoy math and science over art and literature, making them perfect candidates for a career in engineering.

NO – People who are right-brain thinkers are often better at and enjoy art and literature over math and science, making them perfect candidates for a career in grant writing.




2. Do you love playing sports outdoors over reading indoors?

YES – The great outdoors and athletics are favorites of people who are right-brain thinkers, and a career that can combine the two, like one as a recreation director, is perfect.

NO – Staying indoors and reading are favorites of people who are left-brain thinkers, and a career that can combine the two, like one as a librarian, is perfect.




3. Do you prefer verbal communication over physical communication?

YES – Left-brain thinkers love to work things out by talking, and would enjoy a job like career counseling, where they would be very effective.

NO – Right-brain thinkers think that actions speak louder than words, and would be very effective at a job that shows their worth without words, like a yoga instructor.




4. Would you rather draw pictures freehand instead of putting together a model airplane?

YES – People who are right-brain thinkers aren't fans of tremendous structure and prefer having some creativity at work, which makes marketing a perfect career for them.

NO – People who are left-brain thinkers are in need of structure and prefer having specific guidelines at work, which makes computer programming a perfect career path for them.




5. Do you like being in groups more than being alone?

YES – Group-oriented people are usually right-brain thinkers, making a job in retail a good fit for their lifestyle preference.

NO – Loners are usually left-brain thinkers, making a job in accounting a good fit for their lifestyle preference.




6. When given instructions, are lots of pictures easier to understand than lots of text?

YES – Right-brain thinkers love picture explanations over textual explanations, and this visual preference usually lends well to a career in interior design.

NO – Left-brain thinkers love textual explanations over pictorial explanations, and this preference usually lends well to a clerical career.




7. Have you noticed that you're better at providing the details and necessary information for a project than coming up with the initial idea?

YES – Those who are left-brain thinkers are more into processing loads of information and hammering out the details than being involved in the creative process, and a career in human resources is perfectly suited for this skill set.

NO – Those who are right-brain thinkers are more interested in the initial creative process than the information gathering that follows, and a career in consulting is perfectly suited for this skill set.




8. Do you need a quiet environment when you are working?

YES – Quiet environments are usually needed by left-brain thinkers, who would prefer a career where they could work from home in silence over something that takes place in a noisy environment.

NO – Right-brain thinkers don't mind a bustling background as they work, making them more suitable for jobs that come with noisy environments like those in the hospitality and hotel fields.




9. Would you enjoy helping someone solve a relationship problem more than a math problem?

YES – Solving relationship problems is right up the alley of the right-brain thinker, and a career as a psychologist would be both enjoyable and rewarding for this type of person.

NO – Solving math and technical problems is right up the alley of the left-brain thinker, and a career as a computer technician would be both enjoyable and rewarding for this type of person.




10. If you were a writer, would you prefer to write nonfiction books instead of fiction?

YES – Left-brain thinkers are obsessed with details and truth, making a career in banking or finance worth considering.

NO – Right-brain thinkers are more imaginative and don't mind making a career up as they go, making a job in sales worth considering.


Next: What's the Best Job for Your Personality?




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Roshaun

i honestly cant say which one i am.. kinda mixed in different ways.

June 07 2013 at 10:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Qabas ╭∩╮(︶︿︶)╭∩╮

Right-brained :)

December 19 2012 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
brennemanbelkin

OK, I'm clearly left-brained. What now?

July 07 2012 at 5:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
keedyk87

Ask the author of this article what thinking is though and all you will get is a I don't know or no one knows. Why, because they were mis - educated in the United States!

July 07 2012 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
HAT1701D

Hmmm, I'm somewhere in between. 1.) Love science ( can't do math ) but also read all the time too. 2.) Love to fish a lot but also like reading again. ) 3.) Sort of work things out by talking, as in trying to figure out the best way to tackle issues in a team situation at work. Love to show the results of my work, my completion. Has it succeeded in what it should do and does it outshine my fellow peers ( I'm going the distance - I'm going for speed ). 4.) I BOTH free hand draw and build models. One, I draw and design and building models lead to mechanical capabilities. Also, model building is not "static". I now Scratch-Build which means I have long since learned to build models of subjects ( such as cars, vehicles or sci-fi ) of which no kits exist. This requires starting from nothing and building into something. It also requires learning the art of painting in all it's forms. 5.) I work in teams at work ( also when I was in the Armed Forces ) and many of my hobbies are one person hobbies. 6.) I work with and easily use both types of instructions sets. I have no problems using prints, diagrams, schematics or illustrated parts break-downs. I have no problems using instruction guides that are in written form. I use both everyday in my work and prefer neither one over the other. 7.) I come up with ideas but have to run them through people first in my current position. Earlier jobs in departments now gone were much more carefree where we could make decisions "on the fly". Now, it is more about trying to improve effeciency by cutting out uneccessary steps and useless "clutter". 8.) Quiet? Depends on what I am doing- My work is naturally noisy. It doesn't bother me at all. My hobbies most of the time are pretty quiet but if noise becomes involved it doesn't bother me. 9.) Other people's relationship problems vs. technical problems? HAAAAAA...Technical wins on this one! I can't figure out the opposite sex's mindset to save my life! There is NO LOGIC. I'd have a 99% better chance of landing a 747 on 1 engine and 2 failed hydraulic systems than dealing with just the opposite sex let alone trying to help with the "relationship" of a couple. A technical problem? It's a machine, if it's broke - It can be fixed. If it isn't broke - I can brake it.10.) Fiction writer I guess.........So, overall a combonation of both except for the last two.

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pwn3d

I am always told I am always thinking with my little head, guess the job for me is pornstar or manwhore?

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ffrfearless

Item number 3 seems contrary to the logic of the other left brain vs. right brain items. Any other thoughts??

July 07 2012 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
autophysn

I am definately a Lefty, but right handed, LOL!

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moeelmore

Funny I must use both sides of my brain and in some instances, neither one.

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