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This is a discussion on INFJ Left-brainers? Is there such a thing? within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; So I have recently come across a book that describes some of the differences between extraverts and introverts, one of ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    INFJ Left-brainers? Is there such a thing?

    So I have recently come across a book that describes some of the differences between extraverts and introverts, one of my favorites sub-sections of personality temperaments. (The Introvert Advantage by Marti Laney). The book also differentiates between left-brained and right-brained introverts, something that I had never thought to consider when thinking about our own introverted type.

    So I read through the descriptions, and even though I have always tested consistently as an INFJ (Feeling being a very important part of this), I keep getting directed in the left-brained direction, a process that is based on logic.

    Which isn't really a problem except that it completely goes against the Feeling side of the inFj spectrum.

    Some of the different traits between the two are:

    Left-Brainers- analyze pros and cons before taking action, are usually neat and tidy, give concrete examples when describing something, are keenly aware of time, proceed one step at a time, likes to focus on one task at a time, is idea-oriented, seek exact solutions.

    Right-Brainers- Playful in solving problems, respond to events with emotion, interpret body language easily, have a good sense of humor, improvise, use metaphors or analogies when describing something, deal with several problems at once, not realize all that you know.

    I was wondering if any of you had ever tested you brain in this way, and are there any left-brained INFJs out there? And what does this mean in terms of our emotions if our brains by default are logic-based?

    I'm open to any sorts of theory and discussion!
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    Unknown Personality

    Here's a quick little test I found that will determine which side of the brain you favor: Right Brain vs Left Brain Creativity Test at The Art Institute of Vancouver

    I'm more right-brained, but not by much. According to this test I'm 40% left and 60% right. As far as intepretation on this goes, I'm still reading into it.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I've never studied left-brain/right-brain differences, but just because we are INFJ doesn't mean we are simply "feelers" and thus illogical. If you think about it, Ni and Fe are largely unconscious. We pick up on vibes and understand how to interpret them without having to think it through. It's not until we get to Ti where we are consciously thinking about things. Ti is logical and objective for the most part. I'd venture a guess that INFJ's make use of their Tertiary function more than any other type. Therefore I'd say that we are pretty fucking logical (or at least the potential is there).

    Just took the test and got 52% left and 48% right.

    EDIT: Been thinking about the implications of a 50/50 left/right brain usage. I'm pretty certain the results are accurate (or close enough). My dad did LSD every weekend (at least) for a period of over 3 years before I was conceived. Not to mention I have experimented with Salvia and Ecstasy so perhaps that is another reason.
    Last edited by ertertwert; 12-19-2010 at 03:58 PM.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I think like ertwert.

    I've also got 52% left and 48% right

    Your Left Brain Percentages
    47% Reality-based (Your most dominant characteristic)
    44% Sequential
    27% Verbal
    25% Symbolic
    22% Linear
    17% Logical (Your least dominant characteristic)

    Your Right Brain Percentages
    46% Concrete (Your most dominant characteristic)
    39% Random
    29% Intuitive
    25% Nonverbal
    20% Fantasy-oriented
    18% Holistic (Your least dominant characteristic)

    Also, if you look at the functions above, you see that i.e. many INFJ might be good at verbal or symbolic, and lack therefore of concrete because of the Ni. So the left/right brain hasn't only to do with feeling or thinking, but with all the other functions (like Ni, Se and so on), as well.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Well I guess you just shot down my drug theory. XD

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by ertertwert View Post
    Well I guess you just shot down my drug theory. XD
    Well, I'd vote for it XD
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Left Brain Right Brain
    50% 51%

    Your Left Brain Percentages 40% Sequential (Your most dominant characteristic)
    40% Verbal
    38% Logical
    32% Linear
    17% Symbolic
    14% Reality-based (Your least dominant characteristic)

    Your Right Brain Percentages 44% Nonverbal (Your most dominant characteristic)
    44% Fantasy-oriented
    30% Holistic
    29% Intuitive
    28% Concrete
    12% Random (Your least dominant characteristic)

    I can actually be very logical if I want to. It usually works like this: "gut feeling" = reaction
    or sometimes "gut feeling" leads to "thinking about gut feeling" leads to "logical interpretation of events" = reaction

    I don't know, I think even though I feel a lot, I also feel the need to analyze those feelings, and that ultimately leads (at least for me) to logic. If that makes sense .
    (Or maybe I just think I'm being logical!)
    Last edited by Dark Raven; 12-19-2010 at 04:57 PM.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    43% left brain 57% right brain

    Your left brain/right brain percentage was calculated by combining the individual scores of each half's sub-categories. They are as follows:

    Your Left Brain Percentages

    54% Verbal (Your most dominant characteristic)
    37% Linear
    25% Logical
    20% Reality-based
    17% Symbolic
    14% Sequential (Your least dominant characteristic)

    Your Right Brain Percentages

    48% Intuitive (Your most dominant characteristic)
    46% Concrete
    40% Fantasy-oriented
    28% Random
    25% Nonverbal
    24% Holistic (Your least dominant characteristic)

    Some of the questions on that assessment I don't see why they would be a proper measure of right vs. left brain -- do you like rock music? Most people do so how does that narrow it down effectively?

    This is a little off-topic, but when I was reading through the results, particularly in the "intuition" section, this came to mind. When I was in grade school and high school I hardly ever studied for assessments. Honestly, many times I would just go with my "gut" feeling for the answer and it would be good enough to get by just fine. It wasn't until college when I started to actually read through material beforehand to study because of all the essay question assessments. But even then, in courses such as psychology or economics I'd choose to hardly go to class and I'd still get an A on every exam because it was that natural for me.
    Guess that kind of reflects the INFJ Ni.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I haven't take any tests to check which side is dominant (I would not trust tests on this issue anyways, only an actual scan :P) but I started out as ambidextrous and from what my parents told me had good command of both hands. I still remember when I was a kid I'd take two pencils into both of my hands and then would draw on same drawing with both pencils simultaneously. Then I switched to writing with my left hand sometime in 3rd grade, though I can still write with my right hand somewhat OK. Right now I have some kind of weird division of tasks between my two hands. There are some tasks that my right hand can do that my left hand struggles with, and vice versa. All in all I'd say I'm more right brained than left brained. My right eye sees worse than my left eye. Whenever I get sick, I always get sick more on the right side of my body. Whenever I get colds flu or even pneumonia it is always the right side that gets more congested and the right lung that takes longer to recover.

    I've read of a few sources trying to map MBTI functions onto hemispheres but there seem to be conflicting results. For example I read somewhere that Te maps to left side of brain while Ti maps to right side of brain, and same with Fe that Fe maps to left brain and Fi to right side. All in all I'd say unless you are in neuroscience it doesn't really matter much where exactly your functions map to.

    Here are some references if anybody wants to learn more about neurology behind MBTI:
    #8 Neurology Marries Psychology - Philosophy Unveiled - blip.tv
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    Unknown Personality

    Hmm, I am geared towards linguistics due to my 'symbolic' intelligence, but at the same time I'm not pretty verbal.

    That's pretty accurate and describes the conundrum I'm always in: 'why study languages if you don't like talking that much?' But I love reading and writing...

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