What Sort Are You?

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Brain function research has identified that the four thinking quadrants of the brain or cerebral cortex map to how we process information.   Our dominant quadrant will dictate our natural personality preferences. 

The Logical Types

As illustrated in the diagram, dominance in the left anterior region equates to a Logical/Prioritizing personality inclination.  If you find this is your strength, you prefer prioritizing goals and objectives, fact-based problem solving and decision-making, research and analysis,  delegating, competition, hard-work, and emotion management. 

The Orderly Types

Dominance in the left posterior lobe renders an Orderly Type also known as the Maintaining style.  Your strength is sequential routine activities.  Orderly types tend to be dependable, methodical, organized, timely, predictable, honest, and stable.

The Creative Types

The Creative or Envisioning Type finds their strength in the right anterior lobe.  If this is you, you are imaginative, artistic, intuitive, a big picture spatial thinker, innovative, expressive, spontaneous, and visualize often in 3-D imagery.

The Social Types

And lastly the right posterior lobe is home to the Social/Harmonizing Type.   Peace, spirituality, goodwill and personal connections are trademarks of this brain type.  As a Social type you prefer to work in friendly environments where you can chat with others, work at your own pace, and your nurturing side is sensitive to others feelings and well-being.

Once we assess your dominant brain-type, we can determine the best plan of action for making your space work for you. 

Most of us have elements of each of the regions, but we will want to align with your dominant quadrant to affect lasting changes.  The task becomes a bit more interesting when meshing multiple types in one household or office.  But no worries, there are ways to effectively manage multi-user spaces.

Ordering Spaces Based On Your Brain

Arlene Taylor, Ph.D.  provides some examples for how you might want to think about ordering your spaces in relation to your brain "bent" as she refers to it. 

If you find yourself as a Logical Type or in the Prioritizing Division (as defined by Arlene) then your desirable environment and accessories might look like this:

Colors:  black, white, gray, and navy
Machines and mechanical tools
A computer for research projects
Scales and calculator
Charts containing numbers and percentages
Framed awards
Abstract photos of arrows
A list of goals and objectives
A five-year plan
Structured music (e.g., slow movements of Bach, Mozart, baroque compositions). 

The Orderly Types desired environment and accessories include:

Colors: neutral or subdued
Filing cabinets with labeled files
Desk with organizing bins and file sorters
To do lists
Electronic or paper calendars
According to Dr. Taylor the music is of a more traditional style.

The environments and accessories of the Creative/Envisioning type include:

Airy, unstructured spaces with plenty of flat surfaces for stacking
A computer to assist with creativity and managing data
Geometric models
3-D puzzles
Reading corner with a wide range of topics
Large sheets of paper, pencils, erasers, and markers
Caricatures and cartoons
Unusual furniture and/or pillows on the floor
Jazz or baroque music

The spaces of the Social/Harmonizing type might look like this:

Colorful, cozy, and fun rooms
Photos of friends and family
Inspirational books and pictures
Plants, candles, and stuffed animals
Nature sounds
Musical instruments
Rhythmic, melodic music and music that tells a story

These lists are not prescriptions for how you should decorate your rooms.  Comfort and functionality should be top priorities for you and others sharing the space.  Select your favorite piece of music and let's get to work.