How To Master The Opposing Sides Of Your Brain

06/25/2015 08:18 am ET | Updated Jun 25, 2015

Do you have a business-focused brain or an empathetic one?

In other words, do you typically work with a task-oriented focus, meaning you’re comfortable solving problems, focusing attention, making decisions, and controlling your actions? Or are you more relationship-oriented, meaning you’re comfortable connecting with others and making ethical decisions, and have a good handle on self-awareness?

Whichever one is your default mode of thinking, researchers find that the other is likely suppressed since the two are anticorrelated, says Anthony Jack, an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. For example, if you’re busy getting things done, your brain has already switched off your ability to be empathetic.

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