Understanding Different Thinking Styles

Anyone working with people needs to understand the biological diversities found among individuals and, how to deal with them effectively.

Using the explanation below, encourage participants to review the differences between analytics (left brain) and holistics (right brain) to determine their own thinking style.

Designate one side of the room as analytics and the other as holistics. Ask participants to line up between those two points standing where they think they would fall on the continuum. Ask for volunteers from each end as well as the middle to share their respective strengths and challenges.

People approach learning in a way that is natural to their inborn thinking style. Scientific research has identified two distinct groups of people whose thinking styles, and therefore also learning needs, are opposite; analytics and holistics.

Strong analytics (those who tend to use their left brain hemisphere) are people who enjoy logic, details, and follow sequential steps. They need frequent written feedback, and are often good at mathematics and word games.

Strong holistics (right-brain processors), on the other hand, need to have an overall picture before they can assimilate facts. These people need to understand why something is important before learning it. Strong holistics also tend to be good at the arts.

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