NOTE: I use “left-brained” and “right-brained” in quotations in this post only to differentiate “auditory-sequential” linear thinking and learning style from “visual-spatial” non-linear thinking and learning style in a simple way – I am aware that the brain is not so hemispherically dichotomous.
Most people are just moderately more “left-brained” or “right-brained.” Although it is not so common, extreme left brainers and extreme right brainers do exist.
People with OCPD are extreme left brainers.
The “left brain” is responsible for “auditory-sequential” linear thinking and learning while the “right brain” is responsible for “visual-spatial” non-linear thinking and learning:
|Thinks primarily using words and learns phonics easily||Thinks primarily in images and prefers seeing tasks demonstrated|
|Prefers auditory explanations||Prefers visual explanations|
|Processes information and tasks sequentially||Processes information holistically; prefers seeing the overview prior to details|
|Prefers to learn facts and details; likes specific instructions||Prefers abstract thinking tasks; likes general goals and directions|
|Deals with one task at a time in a linear, orderly process||Prefers handling several tasks at a time and multitasking chaos|
|Prefers structure and is well-organized; prefers proper working materials and setting||Prefers open, fluid situations; creates own structure; often improvises; looks for patterns|
|Is an analytical thinker; logically deduces implications||Prefers synthesizing activities; produces ideas intuitively|
|Prefers solving existing problems||Prefers solving novel or self-generated problems|
|Prefers concrete tasks that have one correct answer||Prefers concepts; better at reasoning than at computation|
|Approaches most situations in a serious manner||Approaches problems playfully|
[ from "Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults" ]
It is from the “auditory-sequential” linear thinking style where the gifts for excellence and orderliness are birthed.
STRENGTHS OF EXCELLENCE
- You have an eye for excellence – when your gift for excellence is combined with your sensitivity, you are able to notice levels of excellence that go unobserved by others.
- You have high standards for yourself
- You have a strong work ethic – your love for excellence motivates you to work diligently so that excellence can be celebrated.
- You are an inspiration – your excellence opens people’s eyes and makes them say, “Wow! So that is what excellence looks like!”
- Your excellence in the way that you live your life is an inspiration to others – rather than settling for “comfortable” or “good enough,” people feel inspired by you to reach for a more enriching, fulfilling life.
- Your excellence in the way that you work is an inspiration to others – rather than settling for a job that just pays the bills, people feel inspired by you to reach for a dream job that gives them joy and lose track of how many hours they have worked.
- You have a “nothing is impossible” attitude
- Your excellence in the way that you love is an inspiration to others – rather than settling for meaningless relationships, people feel inspired by you to love passionately and enjoy exhilarating relationships full of love.
- The fruits of success usually follow you – money, fame, and power are more likely to fall into your hands because of your innate gift for excellence.
STRENGTHS OF ORDERLINESS
- You have an eye for order – when your orderliness is combined with your sensitivity, you are able to see order in things that most people cannot see as having any order.
- You are naturally good at things that follow a logical order – spelling, grammar, mathematics, logical reasoning, etc.
- You can adapt well to new environments that have organizational structure to them.
- If a complex machine from outer space was designed in a logical manner and given to the people of Earth to try to figure out its use, you would be the first one to master it.
- You are very good with directions, you have an accurate mental map in your head.
- You are your own greatest teacher - while others need instruction manuals and institutionalized education systems to learn something, you can teach yourself easily just by playing around with it.
- You are organized.
- You know how to do things more effectively and efficiently.
- You are a morally upright person.
- You have a strong sense of justice.
- You have a good heart.
- If there really exists logical order to this world, if there really is an ultimate “right” way of living as a human being, you have a great advantage over others in being on the right track in life.