December 29, 2009

Why We're Left-Handed

Psychedelicschizo wrote:

I did some studying a while ago and found out that the gene LRRTM1 is what makes us left handed.

This same gene also increases the risk of schizophrenia, which is crazy because I have that and some other left-handers I know from the internet have it... weird huh?

-Summer Fields

December 22, 2009

Avatar Movie

Papermoon wrote:

I just saw this awesome movie tonight, it blew me away and it doesn't surprise me that the director James Cameron is left handed. Did anyone who has seen the movie notice that all of the Na've, the avatar beings were left handed? I thought that was cute. :)

December 21, 2009

Please help me with this question :-)

Right-Hand wrote:

Hi, i am doing some research about how common it is for left handed to use or prefer to use the left leg and the left foot like as i prefer to use my right leg and right foot as being right handed? For example as a man when i want to kick a football, soccer ball i prefer to use my right leg, foot. Or just need to do something with my foot i usually automatically use my right foot. I would be very gratefull if you could help me with these questions...Love to your all and merry christmas and happy new year...from Petri in Sweden.

December 19, 2009

A Lefty in a Right-Handed World

Ella Greer wrote:

As a child, I was always different. I was deathly afraid of a fatal contraption, otherwise known as the bicycle. I wrote backwards, I preferred crayons over markers, scissors were considered the root of all evil, and three-ring binders were the enemy. I frequently exasperated my parents with these idiosyncrasies, my dad especially; learning how to ride a bike is an experience that I will never be allowed to forget. My father will never let the scene of my careening down the street, hands in the air, feet off the pedals, and screaming that I was going to die, fade from the album of family memories.

Because of the attention and the belief that the world is attempting to asphyxiate me, I have found the desire to find out who I was as a lefty. The quest of self-realization began, and I soon found myself amongst friends with the relief of knowing that I was not alone in this tragic game between the world and left handers.

I am often the subject of ridicule and stares inside the classroom. Many a time, peers will proclaim that I am a “freak” and that my entire life is “screwed up” or “backwards.” My colleagues are not trying to be spiteful (even though I have reason to believe that one was), nor do they wish to become the cause of my insecurities. They are just simply mesmerized by the phenomenon of genetics and independent assortment.

First things first: I learned that the bicycle incident was not my fault. Left-handed people find it harder to keep their balance than right-handed people do. Therefore, it took me longer to conquer the death contraption than it took my brothers, who happen to be right-handed.

During my quest, I soon realized that I was not as weird as I first perceived myself to be. It is normal for a young left hander to write backwards in attempt to move away from the spine of notebook or the rings of a binder. The favoritism of crayons over markers was easily explained; when left handers write, the ink of the writing utensil smears on the paper and on their wrists.

Although left handers today have it hard, the hardships they face are nothing compared to the trials that fellow left-handers went through in ancient history. Egyptians saw left-handers as bad omens and threw them off the side of a cliff or used them as sacrifices to the gods, to show that they have repented and cleansed themselves of evil. In Latin, the term left means “sinister.” It is also said that witches greeted each other with the left hand, signifying that they were a part of the evil community. The phrase “someone got up on the wrong side of the bed” originates from the belief that stepping out of the bed on the left foot is a sign that the person was destined to have a bad day.

One day during class, a peer of mine looked at me and thought it appropriate to inform the entire class that my life was screwed up because I wrote upside down. Because of this, I began my odyssey to find other lefties like myself. I longed for the knowledge and assurance that I am not a “freak of nature” and that my life is not “screwed up.” To all the lefties reading these words of assurance, and to those who are struggling to find their place in this world, you are not alone.

November 25, 2009

Lefty Guitar

I'm a 13 year old lefty. Recently, i developed an interest for acoustic guitar. Problem was, i was left handed. I've been told both ways, that restringing a guitar worked & didnt work. Living in an Islamic country (Malaysia, to be exact), it's hard to find a real left acoustic. There were models for lefty electric, but so far i havent found anything on lefty acoustic. I dont think my mum would let me go on Ebay, and just so you know, I picked up the guitar naturally left handed. Dont even consider me switching, firstly i love being left handed and want to show people i can play left handed, and secondly doing the right way just feels completely unnatural to me and i tried it quite a few times. Lefty way suits me best. Problem is, i dont know how to acquire a good lefty acoustic, and i need to find a good teacher who doesnt mind i'm left handed.

November 12, 2009

Midnight Madness

CheapInventor wrote:

Good evening Left-handed people of cyber space.

I promise, I'm not trying to plug anything. Just a random post, on an random day. With random numbers in play.

I've never before spoken about left handedness in a long drawn out post before, and I was searching for this particular book for a left-handed friend of mine. A Left-Handed History of the World(which I would love to see added to the list of left books.), It has made being left-handed more clear to me, and I feel even better knowing a very good history of left-handed people and all we can accomplish in this right-handed world.

Long story short, I stumbled upon this website, and went through some of the recent posts.

I'm delighted and amazed by some of the stories and I'd like to share mine.

I write backwards, I never thought this was odd, but it is the absolute most comfortable I have ever written, I like to read backwards as well as upside down. It some how feels more natural. For the first few years of school I was told I was dyslexic. I couldn't read very well because the letters looked funny to me. I was an very slow learner because I am a lefty.

Adaptation. That's the word I think of when I think of Left handed people. We adapt and can adapt to situations better than right-handed people, because we have to deal with so much of day to day life that was not made for us. I believe we are more clear headed, and calm when emergency arises. I think we're more sensitive, and extremely observant because we've had to subconsciously live, work, play and survive, around those righties.

I also would like to point out there's a few good people missing from the left handed list here. Mark Twain, Gandhi, as well it is thought that Beethoven was also left handed, though that has never been proven, though I would be shocked if he was right handed.

Being a left handed person does not mean life has to be difficult. Though a lot of times it can be. With the left-handed crook while writing. I never did get that, because my grandmother is left handed and it hurt my wrist to write like that. I'm proud to say that I love the ink smudges on my little finger when it runs over wet ink. Because it means I've been writing again.

I have no problem using my right hand, I do so for cutting with scissors, playing sports, using the mouse; and when I feel like a challenge, I write.

Everything else is left handed for me.

I do find that driving on the left side of a car might pose a problem for me. I feel more safe and secure on the right side of a car and would probably do well in England. heh.

So, in conclusion to these thoughts of mine;

Being left handed is a gift. We're a small -- although growing; percentage of the world. We're artistic, and witty. We are unique and smart. I love the challenges of being a southpaw. Those right-handers don't know what they're missing.

November 7, 2009

Both Hands

Jill wrote:

Reading about lefties, I saw that most of them are uncomfortable doing things that deal with their right hand. Even though i am left-handed, I find that dealing with tasks such as using a computer mouse, or throwing a ball feel more comfortable with my right hand. I'm wondering if anyone else has noticed this with themselves?

My mother has put me in piano lessons since I was in kindergarten. Maybe this has something to do with it since you use your right hand to play most of the keys.

October 29, 2009

Fianlly Figuring It Out

EleanorRigby wrote:

So, I'm 22 and was forced to write with my right hand for about half a year in the third grade. There were six left handed children out of 16, and my teacher took the high number of lefties as a sign something needed to be done. He saw left-handedness as a sign of a weak will. My parents were hesitant about agreeing to switching me, but were told that all the other parents of lefties had already agreed (so basically pressured into it). One day I came home and told my mother I wished I could cut my right hand off so I wouldn't have to use it anymore. I've been using my left hand for everything ever since.

However, I always considered myself really awkward and clumsy and I could never figure out why I couldn't do simple things like draw a straight line with a ruler - or why the arrow keys on keyboards were in such an inconvenient place. The biggest thing, was I always hated taking pictures because they came out so blurry and it the process was so awkward. I never realized that this was due to having to press the button down with my weaker hand, which I'm unable to hold as steady. It's such a relief to know that it's not cos I'm dumb or bad at things - just that I'm a lefty! So I've started switching everything I can (computer mouse, hold cameras upside down) around to be more comfortable for me. My friends think my obsession with pointing out things that are designed to put lefties at a disadvantage is annoying and whiny. When I point out places where there is no left-handed equipment (I used to work in a deli - all the slicers are for right-handers) they tell me that it's not a big deal - however, I've seen right handers get really, really worked up when they come into a class and find a left-handed desk where they usually sit (and things like that).

Has anyone else had this kind of experience with their friends/peers?

Also, I have a really hard time telling right from left. I usually say left when I mean right and vice versa. People hate having me give them driving directions. I've heard that this is a lefty thing? Has anyone else found that to be true?

October 12, 2009

Library Computers Discriminate Against Lefties

Lefty Lady wrote:

Last week I attended a class in the Cal State Northridge Library. I moved the mouse to the left-hand side and then attempted to reverse the mouse buttons. Normally I simply use control Panel to change the mouse settings. But Control Panel was not visible on the library's computer. There was an "Accessibility" menu, but none of the things listed there had anything to do with making the computer accessible to lefties. I asked the librarian in charge of the class how to switch the mouse buttons. She didn't know how and went to get someone else. She came back with a guy who told me that there was no way to switch the buttons because Control Panel had been disabled for security reasons. He claimed that I was the first person who had ever asked for this. I told him I wouldn't be the last. He said it would probably be another twelve years before that happened. Wow! My right handed friends agreed with me that his response was inappropriate. And, seriously, if we were talking about accessibility for people who speak Japanese (which was available on that computer) would it matter how many or how often? Would the library refuse to meet the needs of all the various ethnic and religious groups, deaf people, or people with disabilities who are on campus, simply because they haven't often made these requests? I don't think so.

Reversing the mouse button is a simple thing that has been easy to do on PCs for many, many years. Not every lefty reverses the mouse buttons, but many do. In fact, even some righties do this, so they can use the mouse in the left hand while taking notes with the right. The point is, those of us who need to use the mouse in this perfectly normal way should not be placed at a disadvantage.

So here's my request. Whether or not you are left-handed, and whether or not you prefer to switch the mouse buttons, if you are a CSUN student (or anyone who has business on campus) please go to the library and ask for help reversing the mouse buttons for left-handed use. Be polite but firm. In your conversation with the librarian, make sure you use the word "accessible". For example, "It's hard to use the library when the computers aren't accessible." Or, "How do you plan to address this accessibility problem?" You might also want to use the word "discrimination", as in, "I'm very surprised to find this kind of discrimination going on here."

"Sinister" Survey

CuriousRightHander wrote:

My father is a lefty and he was typing in IM to me last night and instead of responding with "k" when I told him I'd be right back, he typed "d".  I noticed right off that he had used the correct finger, just on the wrong hand.  He commented that it had been a big problem when he was learning to type because it was a common occurrence for him.  I'm curious if any other left handers out there have noticed the same type of situation in any capacity.  Does the brain of the left handed person sometimes get confused as to which side of the body should make the desired motion?  I know that left handed brains work a bit differently and I'm wondering if this is one of those things.  Thanks in advance.

September 22, 2009

left-handed daughter

Pink2TK wrote:

I need advice! I have a 5 year old daughter in kindergarten who is left-handed. She has told me before that she wished she was right-handed like myself, her dad and her 7 year old sister. I try to tell her that God made everyone different, she's special, and many other things. Tonight was different, she was in tears because she is left handed and wants to be like the rest of the family. She sat down and practiced writing for 20 minutes with her right hand. What do I do?? I want her to be happy, but I can't make her see that it's ok to be different.

September 7, 2009

They Love Us!

The Left Handed Page just got a positive review at You can see it here: is a site full of "how to guides, software revies, cool website roundups" and other useful information.

Dominate Eye

PatSpears wrote:

I am left handed when playing sports but I write right handed.  My issue is that my right eye is my dominate eye and when I play darts I throw left handed and try to line up with my left eye.  Also, for some reason I cannot close my right eye and keep my left eye open.  Any thoughts on how to aim when playing darts?

September 6, 2009

I have a unique question.

91242710 wrote:

I know of an older gentleman that has just learned he is really left-handed but has been taught right handed all his life. Things that he does without thinking he does left-handed. This has dramatically affected his whole life learning or not learning to read and write. At this stage in life how does he go about waking up his right brain and start to relearn. Please any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Any books on this particular subject? Thanks

August 29, 2009

More Left-Handed Guitar Players

I recently received an email pointing to an Australian guitar manufacturer tha tproduces left-handed guitars:

August 17, 2009

New left-Handed Scholarship

I received this information via email:

This scholarship is open to any left handed student that plans to pursue an undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. This scholarship is open to first-year or transfer students who have not yet enrolled in the college they hope to attend and will begin their first semester on or before October of 2011. All applicants must have a combined household income of less than $100,000. A written or video essay answering these questions is required: "What is the biggest challenge you face in earning a college degree? What can colleges and universities do to help you overcome this challenge and encourage others with similar challenges to further their education?"

July 25, 2009

Buying a guitar for a 5 year old lefty

Jcooljaggie wrote:

My niece is turning 5 years old in a few days.  I was so excited to buy her her first real guitar.  However, I purchased the cute acousitc guitar and totally spaced on the fact that she is a lefty.  Can she learn to play this one or should I wait and buy her a left handed guitar?

July 2, 2009

Left Haned Gaming

LeftyGamer wrote:

Help! I like to play video games but since I'm left handed the buttons are for the right handed. I try to change the settings so it's for south paws but it just doesn't work out. HELP ME.

June 19, 2009

Hola Zurdos y Curiosos

Super Blah wrote:

First of all, thank you Rosemary for such an interesting page. Can be a little exciting reading and sharing with people that might gone through the same as you. I'm a proud left-handed person, my mother and sister are also lefties. I'm not sure if it happened on your side of the world, but there was a time where was thought that "left-handed people went to hell". Because of this, on the private schools nuns would punish those that use the left hand, by hitting with a ruler, or attaching the hand to the back of the desk. In the actuality, that thought has vanished, but still left-handed are being punish for what they are. By forcing them to be right-handed just because it is the "right way", having everything for right-handed comfort, even some school's desks can be uncomfortable.

I write with my paper almost completely horizontal, the paper facing the left side for print, and to the right side for cursive. I know it's weird. On school, the teacher always assigned me the last desk on the right row, so other students wouldn't felt tempted to look at my exam. I practically do everything with the left, and I call my right hand "the useless", haha. One of the few things that I can do with the right is play guitar, since my parents gave me one when I was 8, and learned to play it by myself, and peeking other guitar players (which all of them where right-handed). I've played basketball almost 9 years of my life, and to dominate the right hand dribbling and terrible shot, I tried to do almost every basic thing (brushing, eating) with the right hand to get some control 3 times a week. It worked a bit, but the left-hand is far better. Like I've read on some posts, sometimes I see things or just assume it the opposite way , write backwards. Not sure if this happens to you, but the hand accessories, such as rings, bracelets, etc., goes to the left hand. I use my notebooks from back to front, so the part I haven't write on don't bother the hand. It's not hard to be left-handed on a right-handed world; it's not about adapting, it's about seeing everything as you do, the opposite. = )

Curious fact: I've notice a considerably growth of left-handed people. On my engineering class, there are sometimes that 3-5 left-handed students sit in the same row, and they don't even notice!

May 27, 2009


Mommylove wrote:

My son was left handed and has suddenly switched (on his own) to right handed. He is almost 5. I want to stress that there has been NO intrusion by his pre-school educators or myself (I am an elementary educator by happenstance and would never allow this!). Now he is struggling horribly with handwriting and drawing, etc. It is as if he is a two or three year old in development. Fortunately, we can hold him another year before kindergarten. I have made painstaking effort to give him only support and positive reinforcement as he transitions and develops, and made sure that his teachers do the same. His peers are young enough that I don't think they are aware of such things... yet. I am hoping that, perhaps, there might be some people who have some advice for me to help him through this. Writing & drawing seems so hard for him right now (and I know I probably shouldn't worry too much - as he is so young - but I just want to help my son - to make this transition as easy as possible for him!). Does anyone know where I might find research suggesting why switching dominate hands might occur?

May 20, 2009

Same Problem as Hawkins guy

Jeimy wrote:

I'm 13, and I should be lefthanded. My grandmother (supposedly) bound my left wrist to my stroller when I was a baby so that I was forced to be a righty. I've been trying to improve my left hand's abilities and practiced writing left hand, and failed. I have bad hand righthand writing, and I tried improving it, and failing also. When I write cursive... well, let's just say that even my teachers told me to write print on class essays. I don't know if writing with my left hand will improve my handwriting, but I am willing to try anything right now. Always getting little notes saying "Improve your handwriting! Write LEGIBLY" on my homework and essays just stresses me out. HELP PLEASE T-T

May 7, 2009


P13.14.16 wrote:

Hi! I'm going to start playing the flute. Will I need a special one since I'm left handed?!

May 2, 2009

Love being a Lefty...

Danny wrote:

My name is Danny and I'm honored and proud to be in the 10% of the population of lefties....The technical term for being lefthanded is sinistrel if any didn't know that lol.... I am interested in finding other lefties to talk to and I was wondering if I could get some help? THANKS!

March 5, 2009

piano problems

Midwesternlefty wrote:

Hello all. I'm a left-handed adult who is taking piano lessons for the first time. While I'm learning most things just fine, I can't get down the rhythm at all! I try to play along with the metronome, but it just sounds like noise to me. I get so frustrated, it's terrible. Has anyone else had this problem?

February 6, 2009

Drawing things back to front....

Hawkis wrote:

I recently discovered (I am 38) that I draw everything back to front! I was doing the Brain Training on Nintendo DS and I had to draw Italy, and drew it back to front. I.E., the 'boot' was facing the wrong way.

This has come as a massive shock to me!

I also noticed that I drew other things back to front compared to other people. I may well be left handed, as my father believes my mother forced me to use my right hand to write when I was younger. My handwriting is awful, and I play football (soccer) left footed, and play Pool and Snooker left handed, so the evidence would point to me being left handed.

Anyway, I would like to know where I should be looking to enable me to discover if I was born left handed, and if so; how I can get back to what I should be doing naturally, and become left handed again.

I'd also like to know what the psychological implications have been for me, and what they are if I do become left handed.

PS - Thanks to Rosemary for her help in getting me to here!

January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day



Congratulations to all my fellow Americans on the celebration of our traditional, peaceful transition of power.