Obviously, we are all a bit of both but what I'm asking here is what tends to drive your behaviours, decisions, opinions and attitudes more.
Are you more driven by your emotions or by logical thinking?
Do you tend to react quickly or form opinions based on your emotional responses or based on a deliberate thought process?
Personally, I lean more toward logical, because I tend to push aside the initial emotional response and consider pros and cons and different outcomes.
- LogicalVote A
- EmotionalVote B
Most Helpful Guy
I used to do the whole "logic" thing but it's so slow and inefficient that I stopped doing it. Instead I rely on my intuition and emotions to come to a logical conclusion.3
Most Helpful Girl
When it comes to shooting for an OBJECTIVE "best" outcome -- e. g., making business decisions, where the ultimate goals are short-term profit and long-term networking -- I'm generally more on the "rational" side.
When it comes to *making myself happy*, I am absolutely emotion-driven.
I learned this the hard way, more or less -- the few times I tried to "reason out" what would give me the greatest pleasure/happiness/fulfillment, I ended up unhappy and wishing I'd chosen other options.
Whereas going with my gut has pretty much paid consistent dividends in life.
The research bears this out, by the way: Intuitive/"gut" ("affective") decision-making is VASTLY superior to rational/reasoned ("deliberative") decision-making, at least when it comes to choices that have any significant degree of complexity.
This article mentions a few key pieces of that research: