Do you use your left hand often?

China
September 9, 2009 11:30pm CST
It's said people who use his/her left hand often, most likely he/she is smarter. We know lots of significant person who has great achievements, they use left hand quite often. Are you a left-handed person, or have you ever trying to use your left hand purposely? Is it good to train kids to use their left hand? Do you think there is bad point? I will try to train my son to use his left hand as much as possible other than writing. What do you think, my friend?
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@sredith (239)
• United States
11 Sep 09
I'm left-handed, and I've always had teachers telling me that being left-handed is the reason that I'm so creative and artistic and that my handwriting is so neat. I'm not sure I believe that the hand I write with is the reason for all of these things, but I guess a lot of people do believe that!
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• China
11 Sep 09
Hi Sredith, I am so glad to hear that. And you have a good teacher, I think all praise makes us more confident and getting better and better. Happy mylotting.
• United States
11 Sep 09
I have Fibromyalgia so my computer's mouse can find itself in either my left or right hand in an attempt at pain avoidance. I can write and draw with my left hand as well, although lefty is not as skilled as righty because it is not as practiced.
• China
11 Sep 09
Hi CraftyCorner, I am sorry that that and with my best wishes to you. Happy mylotting.
@Bethany1202 (3432)
• United States
10 Sep 09
I am right-handed so I don't use my left hand too often. When I was younger I tried to use it often and write with it in attempts to become ambidextrous, but that didn't work... : /
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11 Sep 09
I have good handwriting but I am absolutely hopeless at trying to write with my left hand because I have always written with my right hand and have never needed to use my left hand for writing whereas for other things I have needed to use my left hand like when playing Basketball. Nobody seriously plays it with only one hand, that just would not work. I also use both hands when I am carrying shopping bags.
• China
10 Sep 09
Yes,you are right,those left-handed people can be those who are special,unluckilly i am not one of those.But I did see many left-handed people who has lot of incredible skills.A student with left hand writing can always finish the exam paper sooner than a right hand writing kid;a left-handed table tennis player can always hit the ball in almost every different posistion.And the most incredible thing I have even seen during a calligraphy competition is that,a left handed competitor can even use both hands to write and the same time.
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• China
10 Sep 09
Hi Jackie, thanks for your sharing. The third example is amazing! Practice makes perfect, if you keep on playing on it, I believe, one day you can do it as well. Happy mylotting.
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• China
10 Sep 09
We Chinese people use chopsticks to eat.So when we have dinner,people who use left hand will prevent others on the right of them.Parents usually teach their kids to use right hands enven if the kids are used to use left hand.Parent enven compel their kids not to use left hands.As far as I know using left hand often is good for our mental heath if we are use right hand generally.Now I try to use my left hand as much as possible.
• China
10 Sep 09
Hi Yuhong, I come from China also and understand the situation you are talking about. We used to have big family, when we have dinner, we occupied the full round table, so it do disturb the people on your right. Nowadays, usually there has not so many people in a family, so it's no problem la. Happy mylotting.
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• India
10 Sep 09
WELL i use used to be a left handed but my mom trained me to use right hand but whatever now also i eat with left hand ,and i dont think that right handed persns are not intelligent or a significant persons ,no we should not train children to use left hand its not a bad point either but leave them in a way they are if they have talent hands doesnot matters if they are left handed or right.
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• China
10 Sep 09
Hi Mohdehtesham, thanks for your sharing. Of course, smart or not is not only decided by left or right handed. Anyway, I think it's good to balance it, I would like to practice both left and right hand, then our brain can get fully exercised.
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@janebeth (2033)
• Philippines
11 Sep 09
hi karen, i am a right handed person, but i also use my left hand specially when i am texting, i observed that i am a good typer if i will use my left hand compared to my right hand, so funny..!! well, in cleaning the house or some other chores i do use my right hand, .. janebeth.
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• United States
11 Sep 09
I believe the experts now recommend that you allow your child to use whichever hand he naturally gravitates to. It is a genetic predisposition. I am left-handed, but I didn't realize that was why I was so smart!!!! LOL! Luckily, when I was learning to write my teacher was smart enough to teach me to turn my paper the opposite of everyone else. As a result, my handwriting is good and I don't have to loop my hand around upside down like you see so many left-handed people do. I do think that left-handed people tend to be more creative simply because they have had to learn to live in a world designed for right-handed people.
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@nuar_y (279)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 09
I'm left-handed and always doing things using my left hand. Except when it comes to food, I use my right hand. =)
• China
10 Sep 09
when you eat food, why you are using your right hand? You are a left hand person,I think you must have a great skill in art or music,because I have learned that those people who are left hand ,may cultivate in their art cells. Have a good time!
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• China
10 Sep 09
Hi Jscaz, That's true. Thanks for your imput. Happy mylotting. Hi Nuar, On the contrary, I use my right hand often, but left foot.
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@nuar_y (279)
• Malaysia
10 Sep 09
Hello jscaz, about the art 'thing', I don't think I'm creative enough to do arts. But editing photo using software, yes I could. Hehe.... Karen, I also use my left foot for anything. Even I start to put in my left shoes first before right. But, using right hand to eat, my mom teach me how. Happy MyLotting to jscaz & karen!
@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
10 Sep 09
I think the idea that left-handed people are naturally smarter is a bit of a myth, unfortunately. I'm partly ambidextrous, but I can't say that I think I'm necessarily smarter as a result...! I'm not sure how you train kids to use their left hands, when they're basically right-handed. I use the computer mouse at work on the right and on the left at home, but haven't been able to get any of my kids to work left-handedly with it as yet, not even the one who IS left-handed! http://socyberty.com/work/look-left-and-get-it-right/
• China
11 Sep 09
Hi Mcrowl, thanks for your sharing. My kid is only 11 months old, he always play with two hands, when I give him things, I purposely approach his left hand, and when he is getting to play something with one hand only, I can tend to switch things to his left hand on purpose.
@mcrowl (1050)
• New Zealand
11 Sep 09
I think young children tend to use either hand randomly; it's only when they're a bit older that they begin to favour one or the other. It'll be interesting to see whether you'll make any difference in the long term.
• China
11 Sep 09
I can keep you informed when I have findings : )
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@Graceekwenx (3163)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
i am ambidextrous. i was born originally writing with my left hand. My mom had difficulty teaching me because she writes with her right hand. She also commented that my handwriting looks terrible so she asked my brother to teach me to draw using my right hand. I couldnt grip the pen well with my right hand. Later though, i was able to develop both left and right hands! I see it as an advantage because whenever my left hand gets tired with jotting down my notes, the right hand comes to rescue! I think we shouldnt force kids to use their left hand if they are used to right hand. However, i do agree with you that most people who are left-handed are very smart. ahem... so what does that make me? hahah
• China
10 Sep 09
Hi Grace, I wish I can use both of left and right hand flexible like you. so my left and right brain can fully developed. Don't be modest, tell us if you think you are smart : ) I am actually not willing to force kids to do that, as my son is only 11 months old, I think I can lead him on somewhere that is good for him.
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
hhehe... oh gosh... i dont really think im that smart... now m blushing...
@aylim14 (501)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
nice, ambidextrous. well, i can't say i am one as well because, correct me if i'm wrong, being ambidextrous means you can do the things your right hand can do with your left hand, and vice-versa. But in my case, i can do things on my right hand and i can do things on my left hand. i mean, there are certain thing that i can do with my right hand better, like writing, brushing my teeth, etc. but there are things that my left hand can do better like typing (i can type faster with my left hand than my right) or combing my hair (i actually have a hard time using my right hand and can't comb it the way i want to). And yeah, it really is an advantage when you can do things with your both hands. I play basketball, so i know how its like if you can only play using your dominant hand, because for experienced players, you are at a disadvantage. The same goes with this, being able to use your right and left hand and utilize it can bring you good, positive and productive results.
@elenyae (390)
• Australia
10 Sep 09
I think that's silly. I'm pretty sure that right-handers are just as smart as left-handers, it's just chance that more famous "great people" are left-handed. I'm right-handed and my left hand is pretty damn useless. Even my left wrist is skinnier than my right hand because I don't work the muscle at all. This is pretty bad because it ended up with my whole left side being somewhat underdeveloped muscular-ly. But whatever...I'm happy and healthy and a pretty decent left-footer when it comes to soccer (if I do say so myself), so that's all that really matters to me.
• China
10 Sep 09
Hi Elenyae,it's sure that not all left-handed are smater than right-handers. I do believe in some aspect, left-handed are doing good than our right-handers. As they use their right brain more than us and left and right brain have their different functions. Btw, my left foot are flexible than my right one too. : )
10 Sep 09
I'm right-handed like you and I can't do much with my left hand either. Years ago, I noticed that my left arm was a bit more puny than the right one, so I started to make it my policy to always carry my heavy shopping bags in my left hand, to try and build my arm up. I've been doing this for years now, to the point where a bag feels funny in my right hand. You should try it so you even up a bit! My left arm is definitely firmer these days.
• United States
19 Jan 11
I think it's simply difficult for a left-handed person in this right-handed world. Therefore, left-handed children had to work their mind a lot harder than their right-handed counterparts in order to adapt in this world. So they tend to be more well-rounded. So I can see why people might think left-handedness makes a person smarter. Personally, I'm a self-proclaimed genius at mathematics and logic-based subjects, and I also happen to be left-handed.
@krupesh (2608)
• India
10 Sep 09
Hello Karen, I use my left hand while typing , while driving , while holding a cup of coffee , if my right hand is holding something else & if I want to hold one more then I defenitely use the left hand.haha. Am I smart then?lol...I dont know.You should tell me if I am smarter or not. Scientists prove something & who is going to prove whether they are right or wrong?
• China
10 Sep 09
Hi Krupesh, you can prove it by yourself : ) No one can better understand you than yourself. In my opinion, you are a careful person who can always find out suprise. : )
@krupesh (2608)
• India
10 Sep 09
One thing I have heard is that if you are a right handed person , your left brain works more & if you are left handed your right brain works more & just imagine if you are ambidextrous , both sides of the brain work & you might be smarter than those who are not ambidextrous.
• India
10 Sep 09
Well! I am a left hander myself and there is a myth attached with the left handers that they are considered to be more intelligent. I do not whether this is true or not, but my brain does work faster than those around me. It might not be anything to do with my being left hander. I feel I have inherited this from my parents. Now, My son also does some of his tasks with left hand. When he is eating chapati, he breaks the chapati with his left hand but when he is using spoon, he picks it up with his right hand. Luckily he uses pen/pencil with his right hand. Personally, I do not feel there is anything wrong with being left hander except that you catch attention of other people.
• United States
10 Sep 09
I have a six year old daughter who is left handed and speaks with big words. She is very bright, amazes her teachers, very loving and caring to everyone but she is also quite aware of who comes to her with bad intentions and who is good. It is amazing. I have no trouble choosing friends if she sees them. I can't say that about dating as I keep men away from my home until I am sure he is the right person for me. I lie and say I live with my strict parents and don't like to be disturbed. I actually live alone. LOL!!!!!!!
• China
10 Sep 09
Hi Vanitasuri & Francisfour, Nice to meet you and thanks for your response. Happy mylotting.
@23uday (2998)
• India
10 Sep 09
Hi friend, I am right hand i oftenly use a left hand. For every persons need a two hands is must to do any work,I odftenly uses both right and left hands for any work. have a great day.
• China
10 Sep 09
you are a clever one to have a exercise in your brain. When I use the mobile phone and send the messages ,I will use my left hand and then I can make my right brain agility. have a great day!
• China
10 Sep 09
I am right hand also. Sometimes, I will try to use my left hand to handle the mouse, send messages with my cell phone too. Happy mylotting.
• Indonesia
11 Sep 09
I'm not agree with you, because I think right hand is as good as the left. Even in my country, the right hand is considered better then the left. We use the right for good things such as eating, writting etc, shaking hand with others. You can't measure weather or not someone is smart by knowing which hand he/she dominantly use.
• China
11 Sep 09
Hi Lazuardhi, yes, we can never judge someone is smart or not just by which hand he/she dominantly use. Happy mylotting.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
11 Sep 09
Hi karen, in the earlier days I was told that a left-handed person is smarter than a right-handed person. So I always came across that some parents pushed their kids to use their left to write and to do other stuffs as well lol Yeah, parents always wish to have smarter kids. They never care for the kids’ natural instincts as all. Nowadays kids are encouraged to use both hands. As far as I know kids will become smarter if using the both hands. I learn this from some articles. Using the both hands will stimulate the two halves of the brain. This could help to develop the brain and enable the kid to do things good in all aspects. I'm a right-handed person. I wish to be a smart person as well, so I try to use my both hands often. Besides combing, writing and etc, yeah, I like typing mylot posts moving my both hands on the keyboard. Hopefully I would be smart enough to cope with all the topics picked here Have a nice day!
• China
11 Sep 09
Hi Ikbooi, you are right. It's good to encourage kids to use both hands. Thanks for your advice and happy mylotting.
• India
10 Sep 09
i am also left handed but no one trained me to do so. also i cannot use my right hand for writing. i mostly use my left hand for nearly all the tasks.i think you should not force your child to be able to write also with left hand. it is natural & by birth it is fixed. many of the great persons were left handed but not all of them. being a great person depends on the work you do not on the hand you use.
• China
11 Sep 09
Hi Gautam, good point, yes, being a great person depends on the work you do not on the hand you use. Anyway, I hope my son to be smarter, in that way, less effort can make him the same success as others, or same effort can make hime more successful.
@misisbau (317)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
I'm right handed. I use my left hand for things other than writing. Left handed people are known to be more artistic. I've written using my left hand but it wasn't legible.
• China
11 Sep 09
Hi Misisbau, that's good. I do not use my left hand to write, and now I even seldom to write. Most frequently, I type in my computer. Happy mylotting.
@resssaaa (445)
• Philippines
10 Sep 09
I am a right handed person, but I usually use my left hand like in holding things or bringing my books better than the right. I feel way more comfortable using my left hand in some ways, but not all the time including writing. I can never right using my left. I think you should not train your child purposely. Let him discover the ability himself. That's what'll make him think more and use his abilities and knowledge in doing things.
• China
11 Sep 09
Hi Resssaaa, Thanks for your advice and happy malotting.