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.