Introvert City Blog

Still, as Dr. Laney points out, there are differences among introverts. One I find interesting is the difference between left-brained and right-brained introverts. If you’re a right-brained introvert, you probably (for example) respond to events with emotion, are comfortable with improvisation, can deal with several problems at once and notice patterns and think in pictures.


If you’re a left-brained introvert, you are more likely to analyze pros and cons before taking action, base facts on decision, not sentimentality, like to categorize and are comfortable with words and numbers.

I found this statement really intriguing:

“It is important for introverts to know their brain dominance to understand themselves better. I think left-brained introverts may be more comfortable living life as in introvert. They may have fewer social needs, so they may not be as conflicted over spending time alone. Often they are more verbal and logical than right-brained introverts, so they are able to succeed better at school, work, and in meetings.”

She also says:

“Since right-brained introverts feel more emotions and see the big picture, they may feel quite sensitive about their differences.”

I’m definitely a left-brained introvert. Although I’ve always known that I viewed social situations differently than just about anyone else, it never really bothered me. Frankly, I often don’t care what others think about me (which can occasionally be a bad thing). But I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for right-brained introverts, who may be so much more aware of the social pressure to be extroverted.

Are you a left-brained or a right-brained introvert? What do you like about being either right-brained or left-brained?


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