Types or styles of thinking - Brain Dominance

Ned Herrmann (1922 - 1999) analyzed the different styles of thinking and learning by creating a brain map. He then developed a theory of brain quadrants to enunciate four different ways in which people tend to learn, think, create, interact and understand reality.

These brain dominances, or types, have been described by:


Ned Herrmann called them experts. It is a profile characterized by a logical, analytical and more technical style of thinking.

They are very rational people who infer data from concrete facts. Analytical people tend to be more competitive and individualistic, as well as intelligent, ironic and with a great sense of humor. The activities most associated with this type of brain dominance are those related to mathematics, physics, engineering, chemistry ...

Left Superior Dominance

Analyzes, quantifies, is logical, is critical, is realistic, likes numbers, understands money, knows how things work.

He likes to work alone, perform, apply formulas, analyze data, deal with financial aspects, set things up, make something work, solve difficult problems, reach the figures, be challenged, do analysis and diagnosis, explain, clarify issues, do feasibility analysis, logical processing.

Organizer - controller

As the word itself explains, we are facing a type of organized profile, a lover of order and meticulousness.

They do not take any action without having planned it before, they like everything that is predictable, conservative, and that is under their control. In general, in this quadrant can be company directors, managers, accountants ...

Lower Left Dominance

Take action, establish procedures, make it happen, it is reliable, it organizes, it is tidy, punctual, it plans.

Likes to stick to the schedule, build things, be in control, in an organized environment, preserve the status quo, do bureaucratic tasks, put things in order, plan, stabilize, maintain, pay attention to details, structured tasks, support , put on schedule, manage, security.

The relational

The third type refers to the brain dominance that tends to be emotional, the need to connect with others, to relate to enjoy the social contact with which you feel useful, giving and receiving.

They are people who know how to communicate, who are spontaneous, outgoing, and who in general tend to prefer jobs like journalism, nursing, social work, advocacy, etc.

Lower Right Dominance

He is curious, plays, is sensitive to others, likes to teach, touches people a lot, likes to support, is expressive, emotional, talks a lot.

Likes to get others to work well together, aspects of communication, solving customer issues, expressing ideas, developing relationships, teaching / training, listening and speaking, working with people, being part of a team, convincing people , understanding the environment, written, expressive material, likes to help others, likes to work in society, does coaching and counseling well

The experimental

The last profile of this test on brain dominance refers to that personality characterized by a holistic mentality. They are visual, spontaneous and highly creative profiles.

They are people who like to experiment and innovate, even though this has some associated risk. They always look to tomorrow, but try to learn from the present so that they can go further day by day.

Thus, the professions that usually include this type are architects, writers, musicians, painters, designers, etc.

Superior Right Dominance

Has insights, imagines, speculates, takes risks, is impetuous, breaks rules, likes surprises, perceives opportunities.

Likes to take risks, invent solutions, develop a vision, read variety, make projects, cause changes, experiment, sell ideas, develop news, see the big picture, have a lot of space, integrate ideas, deal with the future , sees the end from the beginning, is visual.

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