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Left handedness - blessing or curse?

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Message 1 - posted by spike, Jul 10, 2006

I remember the awkwardness my left-handed mates displayed when writing at school. My dad had his left hand incapacitated in the classroom to encourage him to use his right. As a result he can write equally well with either.
The point is that it seems all the left handers in my family seem to display a greater degree of dexterity that us more common mortals. Is what was once regarded as a handicap now a positive advantage?
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Message 2 - posted by U2487692, Jul 10, 2006

The four left handed kids in my form at prep school all had left handed nibs provided by the school as well as left hnded tools for IT etc. The three I am still in touch with are virtually ambidextrous and excellent sportsmen. My impression is that being a gauchee is no disadvantage and probably a benefit.
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Message 3 - posted by johnharrison, Jul 10, 2006

In cricket batting left handed is seen as an advantage. Most bowlers do not like bowling to left handers, and left handed batsmen tend to bat more gracefully than right handers.
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Message 4 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Jul 10, 2006

Gracefulness? As in style or mechanism?
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Message 5 - posted by spike, Jul 10, 2006

It's not just sport, although they seem to have the ability to consistently deliver that killer blow in cricket - and tennis. Before left handed implements were readily available (as I believe they are now) my father would use scissors with his right hand. The point is he could. I admire that because I am useless with my left hand.
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Message 6 - posted by Jon Freeman, Jul 11, 2006

I think being left handed has its advantages. I think through use of even simple tools like scissors we do learn how to make better use of our "wrong" hand than most right handers do.

One I often find useful is that I usualy use a mouse with my right hand leaving my left (I can't write right handed) free to write notes with a pen. I've known a few left handers work that way but while I'm sure some do, I've not seen right handers do the equivilant.
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Message 7 - posted by Jon Freeman, Jul 11, 2006

Oh and on that one, my father who is also left handed but was forced to write right handed as a child does go the other way round - mouse in left, pen in right.
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Message 8 - posted by U4427091, Jul 11, 2006

I am left handed and footed. Have trophies galore for cricket, football, snooker, pool and am a drummer. I toss with my right though.
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Message 9 - posted by U3775715 - alt id 1, Jul 11, 2006

Petanque!?
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Message 10 - posted by johnharrison, Jul 11, 2006

I write right handed, although apprently when I was learning to write I wrote the letter e left handed. My writing though is appalling, I sometimes wonder if I shouldnt have started writing left handed. I bat left handed in cricket, but bowl right handed. I also play golf left handed, and I kick a ball with my left foot. And I cannot open a bottle jar or can with my right hand.
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Message 11 - posted by Don't tell him Pike, Jul 11, 2006

I write, bat at Cricket and use Chopsticks left handed. Everything else is righthanded. I believe it's called being "Cross lateral". It means you do things with the wrong hand than you should do them with.

I once read that Cross lateral people tend to be messy writers (I was terrible) often reverse letters when writing, but on the up side tend to have higher than average intellegence.

Will have to look into it now on't t'web
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Message 12 - posted by spike, Jul 11, 2006

I reckon this goes to prove that people who are left handed are very much more adaptable to use either - which is absulutely borne out by those in my family. I am right handed with the bat and right footed and useless with anything else.
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Message 13 - posted by dazzlekate, Jul 12, 2006

I am lefthanded, have terrible handwriting and am not remotely sporty! One disadvantage of being a gauche is that ink pens smudge as your hand follows them across the page so you are restricted to biros.

On the ambidextrous note, I remember reading an article saying ambidextrous people were generally lower achievers as neither side of their brain becomes dominant and this is a disadvantage somehow - does anyone remember/have any thoughts on this?
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Message 14 - posted by Don't tell him Pike, Jul 12, 2006

Looked up some stuff in't t'web. Apparently ambidextrous is an extreme form of cross lateralism. Most people are dominant on 1 side only left or right. 1 site says about 20% have some cross lateralism where left/right dominance is mixed. Apparently it's not good to have if you're into golf as if your left eye is stronger and your're right handed you can't get your aim right. But in cricket it's good to be lefthanded bat right eye stronger as you see the ball better (I could bat a bit)

These days some kids get longer in exams if they are cross lateral, but I think it's unfair to punish them in that way.

I couldn't find that much, but it may just need the right key words. If anyone finds it please put up a link.

I'm also colourblind so in this day and age I probably qualify for benefits :):):)
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Message 15 - posted by Jem, Jul 13, 2006

I write with my right hand but use a knife and fork left handed, as did an uncle of mine.

When I open jars or tins I use my left hand.

My son is left handed.
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Message 18 - posted by Researcher 2922573, Jul 13, 2006

Yods, good job you dont have an ingrowing toenail as it could be very painful for you.

although I am left handed . I drive my car using both hands . pushing the clutch down with them I find very hard . but I have a periscope fitted . but I dont allow people to smoke as it could block the lense.
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Message 19 - posted by U4427091, Jul 13, 2006

No AMP - the ingrowing toenail is painful for her not me but she's into Sado Machochistism.

I know a left handed person who wipes his bum with his right whereas I use bog paper.
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Message 20 - posted by Researcher 2922573, Jul 13, 2006

I went to Highfield SM School But we did nothing like that . all we did was woodwork.
No AMP - the ingrowing toenail is painful for her not me but she's into Sado Machochistism.

I know a left handed person who wipes his bum with his right whereas I use bog paper.

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