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3 Signs You’re A Rational And Emotional Thinker At The Same Time (That Means You’re Actually Creative)

3 Signs You’re A Rational And Emotional Thinker At The Same Time (That Means You’re Actually Creative)

Have you been called emotional? Or maybe you have been labeled as someone who is logical and rational? What happens when you’re a mix of both emotional and rational rolled up into one complex personality? Can that even exist? Most people separate emotional and rational thinking into two separate categories, but is it plausible you could be a unique blend of both? Could being an emotional and rational thinker at the same time, mean you’re actually a creative person?

We often associate creativity with an individual who is right-brain dominant. Oddly enough, scientists have determined that someone who is creative is constantly switching between rational and emotional thinking.

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So if you have been called rational at one point in your life and maybe emotional at another point in your life, you’re not alone. Turns out people who are creative have both rational and emotional mindsets working in unison in order to operate in a creative fashion.

According to psychologist, Frank Barron, whose work involved exploring the creative mind, he described a creative person as: “Both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner than the average person.”

3 Signs You’re a Rational and Emotional Thinker at the Same time.

1. You can spot illogical parts of a plot of a movie, and you’re also often moved to tears by great movies

Maybe you have the skill to be able to see the order in the disorder. Meaning, you can watch a movie, read a book, or observe a real life situation that is filled with chaos and illogical reasoning. But through the thick smog of illogical thinking and doing, you’re able to identify the disorder that is creating, well the disorder. An intuitive skill a creative person may possess is the ability to dig deep in chaos and find the root of the disorder.

On the other hand, if you’re a creative thinker (someone who is both an emotional and rational thinker) you may be moved to tears watching a television commercial or movie. You’re sensitive and keen on how emotions play a part in our world.

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2. You always think about how to improve yourself for a better future, and you at the same time value memories so much

People who are rational and emotional thinkers are often seeking ways to improve themselves. Whether it be taking a new class to add additional skills to your life or expand a creative outlet for your creative self. Self-Improvement is something that may be second nature to someone who thinks emotionally and rationally. It could be representative of the constant balancing act of having to think rationally while setting aside emotions and vice versa.

On the other hand, those who think rationally and emotionally value memories so much so that at times they use profound memories to afford them a creative outlet. The creative person who is constantly seeking self-improvement techniques may be using this to cope with past memories.

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3. You miss/love someone in your previous relationships but your rationality tellls you it won’t work and you’re not going to make repeated mistakes

A creative person may be conflicted when it comes to past relationships. The emotional part may tend to want to hang on to old memories or to make efforts to rekindle a relationship. Meanwhile, the rational part of you will guide you to avoid making the same mistake twice and propel forward so you can move on.

Conclusion

The fantastic thing about being both a rational and emotional thinker is that you have the ability to be flexible in activating specific areas of your brain and are better able to address novel situations with a unique perspective. Sure being a rational and emotional thinker most likely means you’re a creative type of person, but it may also mean that you’re a bit harder to pin down or define. You’re a unique person with a fresh perspective to offer the world.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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