Left handed or Right handed? so what?

Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
December 10, 2008 11:46am CST
I am left handed, and well, i can say i have never had any sort of problem with it in my life. As far as I know, we're equally the same to right handed people, just that for some brain processes I don't know very well, our predominant side of the brain is not the same as right handed people. The reason I'm writing this is that when i'm at work, some people (specially elder people) look at me in bewilderment and ask me if i REALLY am left handed, and some even want to know if i've learned how to write (something hard to imagine, considering i work in a huge company, right?). I try to be polite and just smile and answer "yes, of course", but i promise there are times in which i'd kill them haha. Thing is that in Spain at least, left handed people were repressed for years, forced to learn with their right hand. Result were thousands of cases of dyslexia and other similar disorders. Are you left or right handed? have you ever been in a situation like this?
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I am both..I think I should have been left but I was made to use my right.I have alot of family who are left handed. At work I would freak my boss out by alternating typing with my right and writing with my left to the oppistie.She once threatened to tie one behind my back.lol..I was just faster than she was I think.
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@JenInTN (27547)
• United States
11 Dec 08
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@magojordan (3254)
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
I'm actually right-handed but I know of people who have problems being left-handed. In school there are chairs that are made for right handed. It is hard for them to write on those kind of desks and to solve this they would go look for a left-handed desk in the room. Usually it is found at the back and they're put at a disadvantage.
• China
11 Dec 08
Maybe I need to think over my son's question. I hope the society pays more attention to left handed people.
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
12 Dec 08
I'm right handed, I'm nearly disabled when I can't use my right hand - like when I had my sholder surgery in 05 or when the cat chewed on my finger in March. Both of my roomie's are left handed. I guess because I live in the States I think trying to supress a leftie from using their left hand is barbaric!
@LP_YoYo (17)
• Bulgaria
11 Dec 08
Yes!You are totally right! I am left handed too but i don`t know what is the problem! I`m a artist and i don`t have a problem with the hand if you ask me this is dump to tell people that`s not fear .. And yeas i had been in that situation :)
@krfanlim (232)
• Malaysia
11 Dec 08
I'm a right-handed. But good news for you. It's said that left-handed people are more artistic, with more creativity juice. I think that's brilliant!! But still, there shouldn't be any prejudice about such things. Humans really enjoy the fun of prejudice, don't they? They compare your skin colour, your hair colour, and strangely enough, even the hand you use to write!!
@amitj020 (124)
• India
11 Dec 08
im a rght handed its gud for u scientist say that left side of the brain is for speech so u must be good in languages
• India
11 Dec 08
evn i am a lefthanded person and i neva had a problem with it. i absolutely enjoy being a lefty.. and i am proud being a left handed..thanks
@chenaiyh (228)
• China
11 Dec 08
I'm right handed.although i never been in a situation like this,i know a little about it.some of my friend a left handed,and they tell me when they are young,their parent don't like this and forced then change their habit. but for me,most people use right hand,and i'm one of them,i try to do sth with left,but i can't control it well,so i think the guy can control it are so wonderful. and sb say,the people who is left handed is clever guy,so i try to train myself to use left hand,but it seems not work
@zhangdl (24)
• China
11 Dec 08
i am right handed.i think both right and left handed is no difference.i can understand your situation.but i will tell you that you should just do yourself.in my country,people think left handed is more smart.
• United States
11 Dec 08
I am left-handed, but thankfully the biggest issue I've ever had with that was learning how to use right-handed scissors or looking for the proper baseball glove. However, my mother is a different story. When she was very young, my mother was put into a religious school. Her natural tendency was to use her left hand, but the nuns at this school viewed left-handedness as evil. Whenever my mother attempted to write with her left hand, she would get that hand smacked- hard- with a ruler or whatever else was available at the time. Her parents didn't realize because she hid it from them, honestly thinking she was doing something wrong. Still, her hand would get swollen and red and bruised. Eventually, she had no other choice but to do as the nuns expected, and she learned to write with her right hand. These days, she can write with both without any real difficulty. I can't imagine having someone tell you that it's wrong to use your left hand, or strange. Granted, it does make some things interesting (like using chopsticks, for example), but that doesn't mean it's wrong!
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
Mostly adult tell me when I was kid that left handed people are more intelligent than right handed people.
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
Some other people are so annal with a lot of things and even to those things that really doesn't affect them. Some other people cares too much about being left handed or right handed.. as if they live on the other side of the earth or I would rather say the lived under because they dont get it that human beings are designed and created percfectly and uniquely by the one who created us. So whe they saw someone not like themselves...they freaked out like crazy and worst of all marked them different and unbelong. I dont know people are just crazy probably. To me there is nothing with being lefthanded or righthanded as long as you know how use it for good reason.
@youless (98997)
• Guangzhou, China
11 Dec 08
I am right handed. I can't see what's wrong with left handed. Actually here we think that left handed person are smarter:) I love China
@arkaf61 (10881)
• Canada
11 Dec 08
Older people didn't understand the process that much, so they had this thing about left handed people. I remember when I was a kid at school, even the teachers used to try to "Correct the problem" by training lefties to use their right hand to write and do things. As if there was a problem. Thankfully people learned something since them, and one of the things they learned was to leave well enough alone. Left handed people have the same dexterity. What part of the brain is predominant is irrelevant. I am not left handed, but my cousin is and she did have lots of problems at school and at home with everyone trying to get her to use the right hand.
• United States
11 Dec 08
Hey, Lightnin'. I'm a predominant lefty as well, and my biggest problems have been very minor. I used to get pencil all over my left hand as I wrote because I would drag it across the paper... through the already written words. I had a hard time learning my left from my right, because when people said "Raise your right hand" I thought they meant the hand with which you write, or right as in your "correct" hand. I would always raise my left. Other than that, I've enjoyed being left handed. It was an advantage when I used to box. People expect you to have a stronger right and a weaker left. I do some thing with my right hand, though. I play cards righty, I play guitar righty, and I tend to swing righty from time to time.
@sacmom (14250)
• United States
11 Dec 08
I'm a lefty, though I wasn't always. I actually preferred my right hand, but became deathly sick when I was little and fell into a coma. After I recovered I preferred using my left hand. I've been a lefty ever since. Thankfully no one ever gave me a hard time being a lefty. I do remember my sister (she's older) being able to write with either hand for a while (she's right handed). Although I never asked, I'm guessing she was trying to encourage me to write right handed too. But I just couldn't seem to do it and she soon gave up on it. This could be one of the reasons why she didn't like me. Being left handed was just too strange to her.
@makingpots (11920)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Hi, LightninStrike. I am right handed and can not do anything with any real value with my left hand. Sometimes I wish I had been taught to do a few things left handed just to feel a little more balanced in some areas. My husband is left handed yet very ambidexterous. He writes, eats and does anything requiring dexterity left handed. He plays sports and anything requiring strength with his right hand. His parents tried to break him from being left handed but he was stubborn.
@sunny0806 (248)
• China
11 Dec 08
I'm a right handed. In China a left handed is not encouraged. The problem puzzles me now is my little son who is 2 years old is left handed. My parents ask me to correct his habit. But his right hand is not agility as the left. Is there anybody tell me the difference between the two habits? Shall I correct my son's habit? Thanks. In my opinion I would not like to correct his habit. I don't think this is a bad one. But how can I persuade my parents?
• United States
11 Dec 08
I am right handed, but I have a very good friend who is left handed. Just a couple of days ago I noticed how odd it looks when he is writing. It's like he makes his letters in a totally different way than I do. With the lowercase "d" for example, I start a the top of the stem, draw a straight line in the downward direction, and then draw the round part of the letter. My friend, however, starts writing the "d" at the base of the round part (where it connects to the stem). He draws the round part, and then writes his stem in the upward direction. It looked so strange to me. I just could not imagine writing like that. As my friend told me, "we live in a right handed world, I've just made adjustments". When I was a junior in high school, all of my teachers except for one, were left handed. I thought that was pretty unique, since I didn't know that many left handed people at that time. I really think people who are ambidextrous have a pretty cool talent. Many things just feel awkward to me when I try to use my left hand, and I think it would be neat to be able to use both hands equally.
@winman (235)
• United States
11 Dec 08
Well I'll tell you one thing. For any lefties out there wanting to join the Army, You better be able to use your right hand. Cause there weapons aren't made for lefties and its going to be dam hard for you to get used to it before BRM(Basic Rifle Marksmanship)K that is one of the only thing I know where it matters when it comes to lefties or righties.