Individuals are attracted to left or right brain dominant activities or careers. The left side of the brain is associated with language and logic. The right brain is thought to be our more creative side. Painting is considered a right brain activity. Individuals tend to have a dominant side. We refer to this as being left brain or right brain dominant. While an individual may be dominant in left brain or right brain thinking, the split is not typically 100 percent one side and 0 percent the other. It may be a 51/49 percent split, 60/40, 65/35, and so on. I suspect that you may be strong in both and would do well in a variety of left brain or right brain dominant careers.
In the American culture, it is emphasized that you have to choose a career that you love. In other cultures around the world, individuals choose careers which would earn them a good living. They are not choosing careers that they necessarily hate but other cultures tend to be more practical with their career choices. Pragmatism is a wise and realistic goal.
What is important is to be practical with your career choice and to realize that you can still engage in activities you enjoy even if they are not the focus of your career. For instance, many writers write for the love of writing and not as their primary career. Most painters do not paint for a living. They do something else for a career and paint in their free time. You do not have to limit yourself to one type of activity, right brain or left brain. You can and should continue do both.
Because you’re having a difficult time narrowing your career choices, I would recommend seeing a therapist. A therapist can help you analyze the pros and cons of various career choices. In addition, the therapist can provide an objective opinion. He or she could also help to analyze your thinking process and determine if it is logical and linear. The find help tab at the top this page can help you locate a therapist. I wish you well. Good luck in all of your future endeavors.
This article has been updated from the original version, which was originally published here on December 3, 2010.