in | 29 Nov 2019

Brain Game


Ah, the human brain. It’s an incredibly important, very complicated organ that keeps us alive and functioning. Some of us are wildly emotional. Others of us are so rational about things so as to seem stone cold. If you ever wondered why you are the way you are, you can actually blame you brain.


Brain-imaging studies have revealed that not all brains are the same. In fact, these studies have used brain patterns that show up to unearth specific personality types. It turns out that there are actually five distinct, primary brain types. These brain types determine who you are, how you tend to behave and also how you interact with those around you.


Now, let us break it down for you. Here are the five types of brains and what it means for you.


1. The Balanced Brain. These brains show symmetrical blood flow in most areas of the brain and are one of the most common brain types. If you’re a balanced brain, you will probably be flexible, focused and also emotionally stable. You do what you say you’re going to and avoid risk as much as possible. You do well in school and at work and have drama-free relationships. Be careful to avoid eating unhealthy food, drinking too much or being inactive, as Balanced Brains are prone to mental health problems. Try to have a balanced and healthy diet and ensure you get regular exercise.


2. The Spontaneous Brain. These brains tend to have lower activity in the prefrontal cortex. Spontaneous brains love trying new things and have a wide range of interests. They hate strict schedules and love to do things on the fly; they also tend to be a bit disorganised. Spontaneous brains tend to be highly intelligent, though they will also likely struggle to perform up to their potential because of their disorderly natures. They also may take their desire for excitement to the next level and create drama in their relationships. Be careful with engaging in risky behaviour, as those are easy pitfalls for the Spontaneous Brain. Try eating a high-protein diet, sipping on lots of green tea and working up a sweat with frequent cardio sessions.


3. The Persistent Brain. These brains usually have increased activity in their anterior cingulate gyrus. To put it simply, Persistent Brains like to get shit done. They love routine and hate when things don’t go as planned, so it’s no surprise that they tend to be worriers and a bit argumentative. Be careful with brooding on negative thoughts, as this can lead to anxiety, depression and even OCD. Try boosting your serotonin with healthy carbs and investigate HIIT training makes you feel.


4. The Sensitive Brain. These brains have increased activity in the limbic system. Sensitive Brains, with heightened activity in their emotional centres, tend to be caring and empathetic and easily moved by the world around them. They often feel easily overwhelmed and overstimulated. They are great in relationships due to their empathetic nature, but they also need time to themselves to recharge. Be careful with addiction and depressive moods, as these things can be prevalent for Sensitive Brains. Try upping your intake of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D and take up more physical activity.


5. The Cautious Brain. These brains have heightened activity in the basal ganglia, amygdala and insular cortex. Cautious Brains have everything lighting up in their anxiety centres, so you can expect them to have busy minds and trouble relaxing. They love to be well-prepared but often fear rejection, seeking constant assurance from those around them. Be careful with anxiety and addiction, as they can more easily strike the Cautious Brains. Try yoga and avoid caffeine and sugary sweets.