Growing up I was always told that if your brain orientation is left-brained that you are book smart and if you were right-brained that you were smart with common sense. According to the Psychology textbook, the myth is that left-brained people are scholarly, logical and analytical, while right-brained people are artistic, creative, and emotional. Although my thoughts of left vs. right brained people and the myth are closely related I see more flaws with the myth than with my thoughts.
Growing up and all through high school I was always the book smart, good grades student but I lacked street smarts and common sense. Therefore according to my observations I always figured my theory of the right vs. left side of the brain was accurate and thought my brain orientation was left-brained. Although once I read the myth in the textbook it made more sense to me why both theories were false. I am both scholarly and artistic. I need improvements on my analytical skills and I am less emotional than most. I observed that I had qualities from both the mythological left-brained and right-brained orientations.
The reading in the textbook, did help me realize that people are not left or right brained because the brain works together in many ways to complete different tasks; although I still do not understand how the brain works to create people that may be book smart but have no common sense, or have little book smarts but have a wealth of common sense. Is it possibly how people are raised in their surroundings and environment or is it something in the brain?
Source: Lilienfeld, Scott O. "Emotions and Motivation." Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding. Boston: Pearson/Allyn Bacon, 2009. 436-37. Print.