DaShi, thanks for joining the conversation!

“Both have value and are appropriate in different ways.”

That’s a very wise and true statement. I couldn’t agree with you more. The two approaches do work differently on different people. But for me when I write, the cerebral approach is what feels most comfortable to me.

When people try to appeal to my emotions, I sometimes think oh, they’re try to manipulate me, and the deflector shields go up and my ears close stop working. But if I happen to stumble upon a piece of writing where the writer lays their feelings on the page for all the world to see, I’m hooked. But the same happens sometimes with logical approaches; like this piece. It’s not cloying or evocative, it simply tells what happened and I’m strapped in and ready for a good read. Maybe the key is this: if the message is drawing attention to its approach rather than the message, I disconnect.

Strange, I know.

I guess that’s a function of consistently score close to equal in Thinking and Feeling on the old Myer’s-Brigg’s tests.

Written by

Artist, actor, author, editorial director of Our Human Family (http://medium.com/our-human-family). Connect via social media: @clayrivers. Love one another.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store