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June 5th, 2003

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04:00 am - Brain usage profile (with commentary)
Peter's Brain Usage Profile

Auditory : 40%
Visual : 60%
Left : 58%
Right : 41%

Peter, you are somewhat left-hemisphere dominant and show a preference for visual learning, although not extreme in either characteristic. You probably tend to do most things in moderation, but not always.

This jives with my internal views. I once freaked jonsinger out because I wasn't easily classified by NLP standards.

Your left-hemisphere dominance implies that your learning style is organized and structured, detail oriented and logical. Your visual preference, though, has you seeking stimulation and multiple data. Such an outlook can overwhelm structure and logic and create an almost continuous state of uncertainty and agitation. You may well suffer a feeling of continually trying to "catch up" with yourself.

Again, a close match with my internal evaluation. I think of myself as logical and organized, but my desk is a chaotic breeding ground of stimuli. On the other hand, I also think of myself as creative and intuitive, so moderation in all things, it seems.

Your tendency to be organized and logical and attend to details is reasonably well-established which should afford you success regardless of your chosen field of endeavor. You can "size up" situations and take in information rapidly. However, you must then subject that data to being classified and organized which causes you to "lose touch" with the immediacy of the problem.

Your logical and methodical nature hamper you in this regard though in the long run it may work to your advantage since you "learn from experience" and can go through the process more rapidly on subsequent occasions.

You remain predominantly functional in your orientation and practical. Abstraction and theory are secondary to application. In keeping with this, you focus on details until they manifest themselves in a unique pattern and only then work with the "larger whole."

This is very true. I typically do well at whatever I set out to do, but often grow increasingly bored and restless once I have "figured out" what's needed to do the job. I also can easily get "tunnel vision" and work on small details, missing the big picture if I don't make an effort to step back now and then.

With regards to your career choices, you have a mentality that would be good as a scientist, coach, athlete, design consultant, or an engineering technician. You can "see where you want to go" and even be able to "tell yourself," but find that you are "fighting yourself" at the darndest times.

I've thought that coach or umpire might be a way for me to find a job in baseball. (A fantasy that crops up this time of year. Go Twins!) Design consultant is an interesting idea, I often look at things and see ways to do things better.

Overall, I think this quiz is far more useful than yesterday's. ;)
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: God Loves Me--Rory McLeod--Mouth to Mouth

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Date:June 5th, 2003 05:49 am (UTC)
"I once freaked jonsinger out because I wasn't easily classified by NLP standards."

I hope that's an exaggeration. It would be sad if jonsinger would really be freaked out by people who didn't pigeonhole into those particular categories. Every pigeonholing scheme has its exceptions; people are complicated.

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Date:June 5th, 2003 06:06 am (UTC)
I'm thinking it's a combination of a mild exaggeration and my characterizing what I saw, not necessarily what jonsinger felt. He seemed mildly stymied when he hit the "this guy isn't easy" phase in demonstrating an NLP technique. I think this was because he was explaining it to others as I was acting as guinea pig. It was also several years ago (at a 4th Street, I think) and so his skills may not have been as sharp.
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Date:June 5th, 2003 11:15 am (UTC)
It has nothing to do with skills. The test uses four axies to drop people into one of two buckets. But personality forms a continuum. Some people simply straddle the two buckets.

What I hate about most of these categorization mechanisms is that they don't deal well with people who don't categorize well. I think that's a good thing about the species.


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