Are You a Left-Minded or Right-Minded Individual?

Eric Stone
5 min readFeb 12, 2024

Embracing the Power of Your Individuality. How the Emergence of Right-Mindedness Unleashed Creative Potential.

The profound dichotomy between left-brain and right-brain dominance and its implications, carry significant weight in our every-day lives. The origins of the left mind can be traced back some 90 thousand years ago to a pivotal mutation in the visual cortex, which sparked the evolution of left-mindedness — the realm of the strategic-competitive mind.

As this mutation took hold, another mutation around the Renaissance took place. Right-mindedness flourished with the times. You could imagine that as we evolved as the dominant species, we began to relax, so to speak, and became more creative, as well as receptive. In relationship to living better lives, this kind of self-knowledge truly matters.

Sensitivity, empathy and awareness slowly began a journey of their own, away from reasoning, indifference and toughness.

This shift is palpable in the explosion of creativity witnessed in the arts during the 16th and 17th centuries. In music, for instance, the works of composers like Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven exemplify the depth of human expression and emotional resonance that characterized this era. Similarly, the Renaissance period saw unprecedented advancements in visual arts, with masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael pushing the boundaries of artistic innovation and representation.

Aware Empathy

Furthermore, this period of heightened right-mindedness coincided with significant progress in medicine and technology. In the field of medicine, figures like Andreas Vesalius revolutionized anatomical understanding through meticulous dissections and anatomical illustrations, laying the groundwork for modern medical science. Technological innovations such as Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press, which emerged in the 15th century, facilitated the dissemination of knowledge on an unprecedented scale, catalyzing the spread of ideas and paving the way for the scientific revolution of the following centuries.

This blossoming of creativity and receptivity set the stage for the Industrial Age, which dawned in the 19th century. The technological…

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Eric Stone

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