Let me first clear up any misconceptions: every single one of us uses both our right brain and our left brain in every single activity we do. In that manner, the whole concept of right brain vs. left brain is not totally correct - which is why ‘L-Directed’ vs. ‘R-Directed’ thinking are more appropriate terms.
So onto the question: am I a L-Directed or an R-Directed thinker? I am, at heart, a scientist. I like L-Directed thinking. This is also the reason why I strive to use R-Directed thinking so much through practices like meditation, photography, creative writing, and being compassionate.
And the answer to question 2.: interestingly enough, when scientists design experiments, they are using high amounts of R-Directed thinking to develop a procedure that is very L-Directed in nature! In order to design an experiment, it’s creators must put puzzle pieces together in order to design an experiment that fits within the rules of the game (doesn’t manipulate variables that they don’t want manipulated). Of course, logical, L-Directed thinking plays into the equation for experienced researchers who have attempted experiments in the past that failed as they can use the circumstances of failure to judge the worthiness of their new design...
So, I am sorry to tell you that at the end of the day, you are always using both L- and R-Directed thinking. Creativity itself is a constant back-and-forth of L- and R-Directed thinking.
That’s enough incentive for me to want to consiousyl study both methods of thinking