Some people are driven by logic, others by emotion and some by a combination of the two. Most people are someplace in the middle. There have been scientific studies on the psychology of thinking from your head versus thinking from your heart. They call people who think from their head, “head-locators” and the people who think from their heart, “heart-locators.”
Likewise, you may be familiar with the Myers Briggs personality test. In the Myers Briggs typology people are categorized as either thinking or feeling.
Head-locators are categorized differently than heart-locators. Head-locators make decisions based on logic and facts whereas heart-locators make decisions based on their emotions. Do you think from your head or your heart?
Answer these questions to find out whether you are a head person, a heart person or a combination.
Do You Make Decisions from Your Head or Your Heart?
1. How to you make decisions?
Do you make decisions based on logic or more based on how you feel.
If you make decisions based on logic, give yourself a tick for head. If you answered that you make decisions based on how you feel, give yourself a tick for heart.
2. Are you easily stressed out?
If you manage your stress well, this is a head-based response. If stress easily gets to you, you are more heart-based.
3. How do you describe yourself?
If you describe yourself using words such as rational, objective and intellectual, you are more of a head thinker. If you describe yourself with words like emotional, passionate and empathetic, you are more of a heart thinker.
4. Do your feelings get hurt easily?
If so, this is more heart-based. Oftentimes people who get hurt easily, still feel hurt no matter how much they think about it logically. If, on the other hand, you are pretty thick-skinned, this is more head-based.
5. Does the wellbeing of others matter greatly to you?
If you base your decisions on how others are impacted, this is more heart-based. If you are more firm with others, then you are more head-based.
6. Do you avoid conflict?
If you dislike conflict and avoid it, sometimes at all costs, you are a heart-thinker. If conflict does not bother you and you like to simply present the facts even if it means a conflict may arise, then you are more of a head-thinker. You are a head-thinker if your way is to address things head on.
7. Do you take time to think through decisions before making them?
If you take your time to think through your decisions, then you are more of a head thinker. If you simply go based on your “gut,” then you are thinking from your heart.
8. Do you seek the truth?
If the truth in any given situation is very important to you, this indicates you are more of a head-locator. Heart-locators will simply proceed based on how they feel without necessarily wanting to discern the full truth of the matter.
9. Do you notice small details or inconsistencies?
If you do, then you are thinking from your head. If these things don’t catch your attention or seem to matter to you, then give yourself a tick for heart-based.
10. Do you concern yourself more with what is said or how it is said?
All other things being equal, thinkers don’t care how something is communicated, they just need the facts. On the other hand, it matters greatly to a feeler the way in which something is said.