brain hemisphere

Brain in Action!

So here is a little task: sit down for a moment and think about yourself. Specifically, think about the way you reason and solve problems. How do you react when faced with an issue you have to solve? Do you approach things methodically, or you tend to see them as a totality and have a holistic approach? It turns out that answers to all these questions lie in the way you use your brain. Precisely, it depends on the brain hemisphere you’re dominantly using.

Brain Hemisphere Dominance

Generally speaking, left-dominant people tend to be logical, methodical, practical. They are organized and analytical, often described as “smart” if we look at intelligence in a stereotypical way. On the other hand, right-dominant people use intuition and emotions in their judgment more. Thanks to their – how left-dominant would describe it – sometimes irregular or random approach to things, they are innovative and creative. Others see them as playful, spontaneous and artistic.

What side of the brain do you think you use more? If you’re not sure, take the test to see what side of your brain is more dominant! Also, after taking the test, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about your own brain. Enjoy!



music and your personality

Music and Your Personality

Do you like relaxing with classical music or you’re more into rocking your body to some pop/rock beats? Perhaps there’s more to the beats that move our feet. Maybe there’s a connection between music and your personality. Does our music style compliment our personalities? Or, does our personality reveal our taste in music? It turns out that scientist maybe found an answer to these interesting questions.

Your Taste in Music and Your Personality are Connected

One research has found that your taste in music tells a great deal about your personality and allows some remarkably accurate predictions. Authors of the study assume that lyrics and rhythm of person’s top 10 favorite songs hide clues about their creativity, extroversion, open-mindedness and other traits. For example, they claim that individuals who prefer classical music and jazz have above-average IQ. On the other hand, people often describe those who enjoy opera as “drama queens”. Further, listeners of heavy-metal and gangsta rap are often introverts, while extroverts prefer music with a heavy bass line.

Another study revealed there’s a connection between personality type and music preference. For example, analytical personality type tends to listen to rock and classical music, while explorers are more drawn to electronica and hip-hop. Read the whole analysis here: Have you found yourself? Is it accurate?

So, next time you ask someone: “What kind of music do you like?”, you might understand them a little more. Or yourself.



the psychology of change

The Psychology of Change

When change is about to happen to you, the results can be significant. Maybe you’re expected to get out of your comfort zone, or to completely change the way you’re living your life. Whatever it is, change can be hard and painful, at least in the beginning. Thus, the psychology of change can be complicated, and you should seek to manage the cognitive and behavioral changes from the very beginning. Typically, people go through few stages of change in order to adapt to the new situation. Getting to know these stages can help you deal with your process of change.

The Process of Change

Initial concerns: The threat to deep systems.

Initial reactions: Negative or positive?

The Kübler-Ross grief cycle: The emotional cycle on given bad news.

Shock stage: Initial paralysis at hearing the bad news.

Denial stage: Trying to avoid the inevitable.

Anger stage: Frustrated outpouring of bottled-up emotion.

Bargaining stage: Seeking in vain for a way out.

Depression stage: Final realization of the inevitable.

Testing stage: Seeking realistic solutions.

Acceptance stage: Finally finding the way forward.

The positive change cycle: Even good news has its ups and downs.

Resistance to change: When people push back against the change.

Rationale for resistance: What people tell themselves.

The resistance zoo: The animals and their styles of resistance.

Signs of resistance: Spotting subtle signals of dissent.

How to cause resistance: There are many ways!

Strong and weak commitment: After an agreement, commitment may vary.

In managing the initial announcement, the key is to do just that: manage it. Rather than just announce is, first think about the effects that it will have. Then, stage the communication in a way to have the impact and effect that you desire. In other words, if you’re not communicating it on the right way, the change that seemed easy at first can result in a real mess. Lastly, I personally believe that you got this!