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Old 03-16-2012, 09:23 AM
 
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i as a lefty have always heard that lefties have good memory and their right sides of the brain is more dominant and about creativeness and stuff like that and i certainly believe in that we are certainly one of a kind !! the difference b/w me and my dads IQ level is just by one number and i am a bright student too i haven't done any research on your question but personally i think that that's a benefit but were you born as an ambidextrous ?
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:45 AM
 
Location: West Coast of Europe
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i as a lefty have always heard that lefties have good memory and their right sides of the brain is more dominant and about creativeness and stuff like that and i certainly believe in that we are certainly one of a kind !! the difference b/w me and my dads IQ level is just by one number and i am a bright student too i haven't done any research on your question but personally i think that that's a benefit but were you born as an ambidextrous ?
Yes, I suppose I was born ambidextrous. When I grew up I was taught to write using my right hand, though. But I always liked my left hand better so to speak, it feels more directly connected to my brain. It is also much more precise, which is why I use it for the mouse. Hitting a thin line in a graphics program with my right hand is like playing the lottery
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:40 PM
 
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Yes, I suppose I was born ambidextrous. When I grew up I was taught to write using my right hand, though. But I always liked my left hand better so to speak, it feels more directly connected to my brain. It is also much more precise, which is why I use it for the mouse. Hitting a thin line in a graphics program with my right hand is like playing the lottery
I don't know what I would be considered. I write with my left hand, hold my fork with my left hand, hold cups, mugs, etc, with my left hand but I better manipulate non-writing and eating products with my right hand, throw right-handed, and prefer my right arm when it comes to lifting. is that being ambidextrous?
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:04 PM
 
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Fold your hands (intertwine your fingers).

If you are *right handed* which thumb is on top ?
If you are *left handed* which thumb is on top.

Now, on purpose, reverse your fingers intertwining, and tell us what you feel ??
Me ? It feels like I am not holding my own hands ...

BTW, I am *ambidextrous*, can play piano, can use tools with either hand, and can do many things with my hands other people just can not do easily or not at all.
For instance, (hard to explain, but I'll try), hold your hands at mid-rif height of your body hands pointed forward, elbows at 90 degrees. Now stick out your index fingers, and point them towards each other.

Now turn your right hand *forward* in a circling motion, like simulating a wheel turning forward.
Then do the same thing with your left but in the other direction (wheel turning backward).
Do this at the same time.
There are many motions like that which are normally a bit hard to do for the average person. I however, can do those easily. No idea why ...

BTW, if you make circling motions sideways in different directions (index fingers pointed forward), it is easy !?!?

I can only write with my right hand, and I have the worst handwriting you have ever seen, even with my right hand nobody can read it ... so I only write in caps/block letters !

I am an Aerospace Engineer and did that for 40 years (right handed ?), but later in life after retirement, I learned how to paint (artistic stuff, not the house painting kind) and I am told I am not half bad ...

OK, I am just weird ...
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Old 03-16-2012, 08:37 PM
 
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I am right handed, while my sister was left handed. I wonder why that happens. Luck of the draw?
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Old 03-16-2012, 09:19 PM
 
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Our entire IT department (6 people) are all left handed. We didn't notice till last Christmas when we were signing our checks at a little departmental luncheon thing. We all use our mice like they're supposed to be used, on the right side of the keyboard.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:03 PM
 
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Lefty here. I am definitely very creative. I always have to create something, whether that be a drawing, music, anything really. I am more an arts person than a science person, more of a visual thinker, tend to be intuitive, philosophical with my 'head in the clouds' more often than not.

I do most things with my left hand: except hold a knife, a mouse.
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Old 03-16-2012, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Were you forced to use your right hand when you grew up, like for writing? I have heard people say that this messes up the brain. But it was a common practice back when being left-handed was still considered an embarrassment.
This happened to me.

I was apparently born a "leftie" (as family members have reminded and attested to) and corrected to do things right-handed "for convenience".

The thing is, this happened at a really young age (right as I learned to write or possibly earlier etc.) so I could have been 3, 4 or 5 or something in age when it happened (no memory).

As of now, I am pretty much right-handed (I can't use left hand).

I have no idea if that has done anything to me. I hope not!
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:39 PM
 
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One of the best things I remember a teacher doing when I went to grade school was telling the left-handed kids to tip their writing paper in the opposite direction from the righties.

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Oh. almost forget - rightie here, but I swing a baseball bat better left-handed. There are also some fine movement things I do better left-handed.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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My parents both right handed. My older sister right handed. Older brother left handed. I'm left handed.

I work in an office of 5 people. I'm a geologist/GIS, the other four are archaeologists. Three of us are left handed.

I work on a computer most of the day doing graphics type work. I use a cordless mouse and have two mousepads, and switch back and forth left and right with the mouse all day.
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