On the other hand

Being left handed doesn’t have that much advantage over being right handed. Growing up in a right handed society, I had to do things using right handed items. Because of that, I’ve learned to use both my right and left hand, meanwhile exercising both side of my brain.

Right handed people are dominated by their left brain which means they should be good with languages, logic and math. This side handles input one at a time and processes information in linear and sequential manner. The other side of the brain is dominant for things such as spatial abilities, face recognition, visual imagery and music. Rather than processing information one at a time, the left lobe integrates many information at once and processes them simultaneously. That explains why I’m so good at multitasking.

Let’s try a little test. If you’re right handed, take a look at the image below and see if you can make out what the picture is supposed to be.

Dog

You may see a bunch of disconnected shapes. A left handed person goes beyond logic and find the connecting concept that makes sense of the shapes. Right handed people have a bit of a hard time trying to solve the problem but they won’t let the other side of the brain attempt to solve the problem. What you should see is a picture of a dog with its head in the middle of the image and the tail towards the outer edge.

Dog

Growing up in this society, I’ve learned to do things with both hands. I’m the only one in my family who is left handed so genetics had nothing to do with it. Not wanting to be left out (no pun intended) I tried fitting in by using my right hand. It took me a while to get use to writing with the right hand, but I think I’m doing a pretty good job at it. Being left handed allows me to do things that a right handed person would have trouble doing. When you read a book, you read from then left to the right. I don’t know how, but I have very little trouble reading right to left. Try it out:

To be or not to be

No problem reading that, right? Now try it the other way.

To be or not to be

Not as easy as you may think, huh?

In this right handed dominant society, there’s not much out there for a lefty. If it appears that I am clumsy at times, it’s because I’m walking in a world design for right handed people. Although I’m a lefty, I do perform some tasks with my right hand. I’ll take a drink of water using my right hand. I’ll cut a piece of paper using right handed scissors. When I go bowling, I’ll bowl with my right hand. When I play cards, I’m using right handed cards. Did you know that? In order for me to properly hold those cards with my left hand, the numbers have to be on the opposite side.

Have you ever try sitting down next to a left handed person at the dinner table? That’s a bit of an annoyance because I usually end up having a little elbow war with the person sitting next to me. In order to prevent this from happening, I’m usually stuck all by myself at the end of the table.

Did you know that the left hand does the typing fifty six percent of time? In this paragraph, the left hand typed 82 characters while the right hand typed 56 characters.

Although, there are no direct correlations between the dominant side of the brain and the hand you use most often, I’m pretty sure that left handed people are smarter than right handed people. It is a proven fact that the one side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body. So in a sense, left handed people are the only ones in their right mind. Ha ha!

We are more imaginative and more motivated. We are a rare group living in a right handed dominant world. We are able to use right handed products better than right handed people using a left handed products. About 10% of the world’s population consists of left handed people. There a lot of famous people who are left handed. Jay Leno, Julia Roberts, Keanu Reeves, Paul McCartney, Henry Ford, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci. Heck, even Bart Simpson is left handed. To be added to the list of Famous Left Handers…. Don Khuth!