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Discovering Your Mindscape: What Brain Type (Cognition) Are You?

Have you ever pondered the idea that not all of us have a voice in our heads? Indeed, the symphony of our internal experiences does not play the same for everyone. Some of us don’t engage in silent dialogues or visualize vivid scenarios. Instead, our minds might dance to the rhythm of abstract concepts, or maybe some can even “see” music notes as floating melodies 🎶👀. Just as our bodies exhibit a magnificent tapestry of diversity, so too do our brains weave unique patterns of thought and perception. And although we might find common ground on certain ideas, the paths our minds travel to reach these agreements are as varied as the landscapes of the world we live in.

Types of “Brains” Cognition

Within this rich tapestry, here are some of the types of “brains” people might have, each experiencing the world in profoundly different ways. Also, see the “If you” lists for activities that align with and challenge our dominant cognitive style, you can further nurture and develop our unique ways of thinking and perceiving the world.

📖 The Verbal-Narrative Brain

Thoughts manifest as a constant stream of words, forming a running commentary or dialogue inside the head.

If you:

  • Regularly engage in reading and writing activities to stimulate your verbal skills and imagination.
  • Keep a journal or diary to express thoughts, feelings, and daily experiences in a structured format.
  • Participate in discussions, debates, and storytelling workshops to refine your narrative skills and verbal expression.
  • Practice creative writing exercises, such as poetry, short stories, or scriptwriting, to enhance your ability to convey complex ideas through words.


🖼️ The Visual-Spatial Brain

Perceives thoughts in images, shapes, and visual scenarios, often thinking in 3D or vivid pictures rather than words.

If you:

  • Engage in visual arts, drawing, painting, or sculpting.
  • Use mind mapping for organizing thoughts and ideas.
  • Play 3D puzzles and video games that require spatial reasoning.
  • Practice visualizing concepts and scenarios vividly in your mind.

💡 The Abstract-Conceptual Brain

Thinks in abstract concepts or feelings rather than concrete images or words, understanding complex ideas through intuition or metaphor.

If you:

  • Engage in philosophical discussions and theoretical exploration.
  • Read and write poetry or speculative fiction that plays with abstract ideas.
  • Solve abstract puzzles that require conceptual thinking.
  • Explore new concepts through metaphors and analogies.


🎵 The Musical-Rhythmic Brain

Experiences thoughts through musical patterns or “see” music as visual patterns or colours (akin to synesthesia).

If you:

  • Learn to play a musical instrument or deepen your knowledge of one.
  • Listen to a wide range of music genres and analyze the patterns.
  • Compose music or create remixes of existing pieces.
  • Explore music theory and the mathematics of music.

🤸‍♂️ The Kinesthetic-Somatic Brain

Thoughts are closely linked with bodily sensations or movements, “thinking” through muscle memory or physical sensations.

If you:

  • Participate in dance, sports, or martial arts that require bodily coordination.
  • Engage in hands-on activities like woodworking, gardening, or crafting.
  • Practice mindfulness and body-awareness exercises.
  • Use physical activity as a way to learn and memorize new information.


🔢 The Logical-Mathematical Brain

Processes thoughts through logical structures, patterns, and numbers, with systematic and analytical thinking.

If you:

  • Solve mathematical problems and puzzles regularly.
  • Engage in programming or learn a new coding language.
  • Practice logical reasoning games and brainteasers.
  • Explore the sciences, focusing on methodical experimentation and analysis.


🗣️ The Interpersonal-Social Brain

Thoughts deeply influenced by social interactions, often considering the perspectives of others.

If you:

  • Engage in group discussions and team-based projects.
  • Volunteer for community service to interact with a variety of people.
  • Practice active listening and empathy in conversations.
  • Participate in social networking and group activities that foster connection.


🤔 The Intrapersonal-Reflective Brain

Highly self-reflective, spending a lot of time examining one’s own thoughts, feelings, and motivations.

If you:

  • Keep a journal for self-reflection and personal development.
  • Practice meditation and mindfulness to explore inner thoughts and feelings.
  • Set aside time for solitude to ponder personal goals and values.
  • Engage in therapy or counseling to deepen self-understanding.


🌿 The Naturalistic Brain

Thinks in terms of natural patterns, understanding the world through a lens that aligns closely with nature and natural phenomena.

If you:

  • Spend time outdoors, hiking, birdwatching, or studying natural phenomena.
  • Engage in environmental conservation efforts.
  • Grow a garden or maintain houseplants to connect with the cycle of life.
  • Study the patterns and systems within nature, such as ecology or botany.


✨ The Existential-Metaphysical Brain

Processes thoughts through existential questions and metaphysical contemplation, pondering the bigger picture or the meaning of life.

If you:

  • Engage in study and discussion of philosophy, theology, and metaphysics.
  • Write about existential experiences and questions in a personal blog or diary.
  • Participate in meditation or spiritual retreats that explore the meaning of existence.
  • Read widely from texts that explore existential and metaphysical themes.

Recognizing these diverse cognitive landscapes enriches our understanding of human experience, reminding us of the vast expanse of thought patterns and perceptual experiences that make up our world 🌎💫. Each brain type offers a unique lens through which to view reality, highlighting the profound complexity and beauty of human cognition.


What’s Your Type of Brain?

Questions and Answers to Determine a Person’s Type of Brain

When faced with a problem, how do you most often find a solution?

  • I talk it out or write down my thoughts.
    (📖 Verbal-Narrative Brain)

  • I visualize the problem and its solutions in my mind.
    (🖼️ Visual-Spatial Brain)

  • I feel my way through the problem using my gut instinct.
    (💡 Abstract-Conceptual Brain)

  • I find solutions by relating the problem to a rhythm or pattern.
    (🎵 Musical-Rhythmic Brain)

  • I engage in physical activity to work through the problem.
    (🤸‍♂️ Kinesthetic-Somatic Brain)

  • I analyze the problem logically and methodically.
    (🔢 Logical-Mathematical Brain)

  • I discuss the problem with others to gain different perspectives.
    (🗣️ Interpersonal-Social Brain)

  • I reflect deeply on the problem and how it affects me personally.
    (🤔 Intrapersonal-Reflective Brain)

  • I consider the problem in the context of the natural world.
    (🌿 Naturalistic Brain)

  • I think about the problem in the context of life’s larger questions.
    (✨ Existential-Metaphysical Brain)

How do you prefer to express creativity?

  • Writing stories or keeping a journal.
    (📖 Verbal-Narrative Brain)

  • Drawing, painting, or visualizing concepts.
    (🖼️ Visual-Spatial Brain)

  • Conceptualizing ideas that are hard to put into words.
    (💡 Abstract-Conceptual Brain)

  • Creating or interpreting music and sounds.
    (🎵 Musical-Rhythmic Brain)

  • Dancing, acting, or using my body in creative ways.
    (🤸‍♂️ Kinesthetic-Somatic Brain)

  • Solving puzzles or creating algorithms.
    (🔢 Logical-Mathematical Brain)

  • Engaging in conversations or group activities.
    (🗣️ Interpersonal-Social Brain)

  • Self-reflection or exploring inner emotions.
    (🤔 Intrapersonal-Reflective Brain)

  • Gardening, cooking, or working with natural materials.
    (🌿 Naturalistic Brain)

  • Philosophizing or exploring existential themes.
    (✨ Existential-Metaphysical Brain)

What do you find most fulfilling?

  • Reading or engaging in detailed discussions.
    (📖 Verbal-Narrative Brain)

  • Observing or creating art and design.
    (🖼️ Visual-Spatial Brain)

  • Exploring theories or innovative concepts.
    (💡 Abstract-Conceptual Brain)

  • Listening to or playing music.
    (🎵 Musical-Rhythmic Brain)

  • Being physically active or hands-on tasks.
    (🤸‍♂️ Kinesthetic-Somatic Brain)

  • Working through complex problems or equations.
    (🔢 Logical-Mathematical Brain)

  • Socializing or helping others.
    (🗣️ Interpersonal-Social Brain)

  • Understanding myself better through introspection.
    (🤔 Intrapersonal-Reflective Brain)

  • Spending time in nature or with animals.
    (🌿 Naturalistic Brain)

  • Contemplating the mysteries of existence.
    (✨ Existential-Metaphysical Brain)

These questions can help determine which type of “brain” or cognitive style a person might lean towards, acknowledging that many individuals may find elements of several types resonating with them, yet will normally find a dominant type.


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