The other day, I tweeted in despair while watching a gameshow on BBC1 (Pointless) as they did a round containing anagrams. I can’t do anagrams. My brain just can’t work them out especially at speed and it got me thinking about how I fumble with anything logical. I applied for a job once and had to do a logic test, I stared in agony at the questions and needless to say didn’t get past that stage. My aversion to all things logical also includes numbers. Maths was always my worst subject at school – I managed to scrape a C grade in my GCSE’s, whereas English was one of my favourites. I just think I lack the logical chip.
Perhaps this is because I’m more of a creative person. I’m a writer and can create stories and imagine people and places in a way that other people can’t. There has long been a debate about whether there are two sides to our brains – a logical (the left) versus a creative side (the right). I found this amusing test to see which side you use the most. Check it out here. Using this test, I’m using the right – creative – side more. I like this idea – it means that my frustrations are solving puzzles or working with numbers are down to the way that my brian sees the world. And in my line of work, being able to use my creative side more has pretty big benefits.
But sometimes I envy those that can tap into logic and see the world more clearly in black and white. I’m sure that part of my creative stance leads me to over-analyse things and be over-sensitive when a more logical person could maybe solve the problem or brush the issue aside more easily. I’m a worry wart. I’m not sure if this is the down side to tapping into creativity over logic, or just me 🙂
Perhaps the very spilt between logic and creative means we will naturally envy those who can use the opposite side to us. We tend to always want what we can’t have! But if I ever had a choice, I know I’d stick with my creative brain – if it’s the reason why I want to and can write then I’m very grateful for it 🙂
Are you logical or creative? Do you think it’s possible to be both?