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Sam L
Sep 20th, 2008, 04:58 PM
Firstly, I'm right-handed. So about a week ago, I was bored at work and just randomly decided that I was going to start using my left hand for writing. I started awkwardly but within a few days I was writing notes to my colleagues with my left hand and they weren't picking up that my writing is different or that it was bad - it wasn't that bad actually.

It hasn't even been a week and now I can pick up a pen and start writing with my left hand fairly normally. Also, I've switched my mouse over to the left hand side at work and at home. And I actually prefer it there now.

Have I been ambidextrous all along and had not known it? :confused: What do you guys think?

Geisha
Sep 20th, 2008, 06:08 PM
That's cool!

I have no idea if you are or if you're not, but whatever...

Mina Vagante
Sep 20th, 2008, 06:36 PM
I am too :)

Petkorazzi
Sep 20th, 2008, 07:59 PM
OMG such an useless thread. :weirdo: Get it together. :weirdo:

FORZA SARITA
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:04 PM
OMG such an useless thread. :weirdo: Get it together. :weirdo:

:haha:

Destiny
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:11 PM
I wish i was :sobbing:

In The Zone
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:14 PM
If you ask most lefties, you'll find that they are not total fools when it comes to use their right hands. Obviously because of how "right" the world is, lefties are forced to adapt somewhat.

I am a lefty but I feel comfortable with my right hand. Interesting to hear you going the opposite way though.

LudwigDvorak
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:16 PM
I've always experimented with writing with my left hand, but I never really pursued doing it consistently, otherwise I'd be where you are now. As it stands now, I can write fine with my left hand, but it's just sloppier.

When I was lazy in school I'd just write notes with my left hand...it came to good use sometimes.

mapaliey
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:19 PM
wow, u can eat and scratching your butt at the same time...:lol:

FORZA SARITA
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:19 PM
If you ask most lefties, you'll find that they are not total fools when it comes to use their right hands. Obviously because of how "right" the world is, lefties are forced to adapt somewhat.

I am a lefty but I feel comfortable with my right hand. Interesting to hear you going the opposite way though.

i'm a leftie and use the mouse with right hand:p probably it's the only thing i do with my right hand :lol:

Petkorazzi
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:21 PM
Fran, you're lefty? :eek:

I can even play tennis with my left hand, but I'm worse than Lourdes from that part. :haha:

mapaliey
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:22 PM
Fran, you're lefty? :eek:

I can even play tennis with my left hand, but I'm worse than Lourdes from that part. :haha:maybe u can play with rossana de los rios.....;)

FORZA SARITA
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:25 PM
Fran, you're lefty? :eek:



why so surprised?:confused:

In The Zone
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:26 PM
Have I been ambidextrous all along and had not known it? :confused: What do you guys think?

Didn't see you asking this. I think you had the framework to possibly be comfortable with both hands. But I'm not sure you were automatically destined to be ambidextrous. It's a very interesting topic with tons of research done on it.

saint2
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:32 PM
If you ask most lefties, you'll find that they are not total fools when it comes to use their right hands.



They are...My right hand is useless :lol::lol:

Seyz
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:35 PM
Well playing video games requires usage of two hands.
Typing requires usage of two hands.
Suturing requires two hands.
Playing the piano or most instruments requires two hands.

I think we already live in a somewhat ambidextrous society that requires usage of both hands. (complex usuage of both hands)

watchdogfish
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:37 PM
If you ask most lefties, you'll find that they are not total fools when it comes to use their right hands. Obviously because of how "right" the world is, lefties are forced to adapt somewhat.

I am a lefty but I feel comfortable with my right hand. Interesting to hear you going the opposite way though.

Yeah same here! I can write legibly with both hands but I prefer using my left and some things I can only do right handedly or left handedly. Like I can only play tennis left handed, but can only hold a golf club and use cutlery right handedly :lol: For things I can do with both hands though I tend to use my left so I guess technically I'm a leftie :)

But you're right, everything's kind of made for right-handed people like vegetable peelers, scissors, knitting....:lol: so us lefties have had to adapt to use them!

Sam L, it sounds like you are ambidextrous which is cool, but if you ever break your right arm you can't use it as an excuse not to do anything :p :lol:

young_gunner913
Sep 20th, 2008, 08:44 PM
In high school, I had a teacher who would have us use our less dominate hand (which was left for most everyone) and write a sentence in cursive "Learning new things takes practice and patience." It turned out horrible for everyone including me.

I did it for the first time as a sophmore (grade 10) and then again as a senior (grade 12) and the sentence was right. :lol: Because I was the only one in the class who could write with my left hand in cursive and not have it look like shit.

I think for writing it's a bit easier to write with both hands but all the more power to ya! :yeah:

Living_Legend
Sep 20th, 2008, 09:13 PM
I'm joining you, I have started the quest to no longer being dependent on one hand, because you never know what's round the corner I might lose my right hand tomorrow, so i want to ensure that I am able to pick up from where I left off, in the hand stakes, if such an event was going to occur!

wild.river
Sep 20th, 2008, 10:05 PM
you should also try writing in mirror image. i can do it as fast as normal writing..always wondered if its a common thing. i met this ambidextruous person a few months ago who could write in mirror image.

simplydeep
Sep 21st, 2008, 12:04 AM
being left hadned is very rare and only 7-10% of the adult population is left handed and are more likely to exhibit somne degree of anbidexterity. I am left handed and can use my right hand very well, but tend to get confused with my knife and fork which goes in which hand and then tend to also get confuded with directions in cars it does my nut in.

mirzalover
Sep 21st, 2008, 12:08 AM
I cant write with my left hand but I can do everything else with my left hand. I play tennis left handed and I usually eat with my left hand.

Marshmallow
Sep 21st, 2008, 12:38 AM
My left hand is useless! Can't do ANYHING with it, other than maybe a bit of typing. It even feels strange grabbing things with it, almost numb - but not really. But you've inspired me Sam, I'll try using it some more - but you do sound Ambidextrous.

Apoleb
Sep 21st, 2008, 12:43 AM
"
Leading British psychiatrist Prof. Tim Crow believes he can show that ambidextrous children are less intelligent than their peers - and his theory could even shed light on schizophrenia.
Unlike our closest genetic relative the chimp - who is truly ambidextrous - humans tend to heavily favour one hand and struggle to perform simple tasks with the less favoured. Prof. Crow, of the University Oxford, believes this difference could be crucial to the evolution of humankind around 137,000 years ago. The development of a division in function between the left and right sides of the brain - which result in our tendency to be right or left-handed - was a major factor in our leap from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens."

http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/lefty_research.html


Not saying anything, just putting it out there.

moby
Sep 21st, 2008, 12:56 AM
"
Leading British psychiatrist Prof. Tim Crow believes he can show that ambidextrous children are less intelligent than their peers - and his theory could even shed light on schizophrenia.
Unlike our closest genetic relative the chimp - who is truly ambidextrous - humans tend to heavily favour one hand and struggle to perform simple tasks with the less favoured. Prof. Crow, of the University Oxford, believes this difference could be crucial to the evolution of humankind around 137,000 years ago. The development of a division in function between the left and right sides of the brain - which result in our tendency to be right or left-handed - was a major factor in our leap from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens."

http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/lefty_research.html


Not saying anything, just putting it out there.Oh Apoleb. :lol:

Marshmallow
Sep 21st, 2008, 01:41 AM
"
Leading British psychiatrist Prof. Tim Crow believes he can show that ambidextrous children are less intelligent than their peers - and his theory could even shed light on schizophrenia.
Unlike our closest genetic relative the chimp - who is truly ambidextrous - humans tend to heavily favour one hand and struggle to perform simple tasks with the less favoured. Prof. Crow, of the University Oxford, believes this difference could be crucial to the evolution of humankind around 137,000 years ago. The development of a division in function between the left and right sides of the brain - which result in our tendency to be right or left-handed - was a major factor in our leap from Homo erectus to Homo sapiens."

http://www.anythingleft-handed.co.uk/lefty_research.html


Not saying anything, just putting it out there.

:spit:

Oh.My.God :haha: I've never been happier than now to have a totally useless left hand!

Apoleb
Sep 21st, 2008, 01:51 AM
:spit:

Oh.My.God :haha: I've never been happier than now to have a totally useless left hand!

"What was startling was how badly ambidextrous people performed in the study - they did dramatically worse in all 3 tests. Youngsters who were extremely right or left-handed also tended to do poorly, but not as badly as the ambidextrous children." Sorry to break the party. :lol::p

Marshmallow
Sep 21st, 2008, 01:54 AM
"What was startling was how badly ambidextrous people performed in the study - they did dramatically worse in all 3 tests. Youngsters who were extremely right or left-handed also tended to do poorly, but not as badly as the ambidextrous children." Sorry to break the party. :lol::p

I'm sure this research is garbage anyway!!!! You're a bitch for that one :lol:

Apoleb
Sep 21st, 2008, 01:58 AM
I'm sure this research is garbage anyway!!!! You're a bitch for that one :lol:

:haha: :hug:

This is sample analysis anyway. So they take the averages. I'm sure that's not the only determinant/predictor of intelligence. Plus, we already know you're intelligent. ;)

right from the study: " Whereas some modest decrements were present in extreme right handers the most substantial deficits in ability were seen close to the point of equal hand skill ('hemispheric indecision')." (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9863681?ordinalpos=22&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.Pubmed.Pubmed_ResultsP anel.Pubmed_DefaultReportPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum)

Sam L
Sep 21st, 2008, 04:15 AM
If you ask most lefties, you'll find that they are not total fools when it comes to use their right hands. Obviously because of how "right" the world is, lefties are forced to adapt somewhat.

I am a lefty but I feel comfortable with my right hand. Interesting to hear you going the opposite way though.

Yeah I know. I think it's more natural for left handers to be comfortable with the right hand.

I don't know it was just a feeling I had that I followed through on. I like activities in which I have to use both hands like typing and playing the piano - both skills I picked up relatively easily too. I play tennis with two hands too.

I've always experimented with writing with my left hand, but I never really pursued doing it consistently, otherwise I'd be where you are now. As it stands now, I can write fine with my left hand, but it's just sloppier.

When I was lazy in school I'd just write notes with my left hand...it came to good use sometimes.

Well it's only been a week for me. I haven't been practising per se that much. Just that when I make notes or just want to write some ideas or words that I like down I use the left hand.

It'll be interesting to see how it develops. Knowing me, I wouldn't want to give up on something once I've put some time and effort into it. But you'd be amazed how the keyboard and mouse works so much better if you use the mouse with the left hand. :o

Sam L
Sep 21st, 2008, 04:17 AM
Didn't see you asking this. I think you had the framework to possibly be comfortable with both hands. But I'm not sure you were automatically destined to be ambidextrous. It's a very interesting topic with tons of research done on it.

Yeah I'm not sure either. I know when I was young I didn't have a choice to be ambidextrous or left handed as I was taught right handed was the right way.

The ultimate test of ambidextrosity is if you throw darts* equally well with both hands. On a good night (and no alcohol) I reckon I can get up to a 90/100 scoring quotient.

Independence of both hands is extremely handy :p in my case for playing a musical instrument (drums) and any number of racquet or cue-tip sports.

* english pub sport - throwing lethal sharp-tipped feathered projectiles at a quadrant divided board placed 8 foot away.

I would probably suck equally with both hands. lol

Sam L
Nov 5th, 2011, 01:02 PM
Wow I can't believe it's been over three years since I created this thread. For a time, I was pretty much just writing with my left hand. Right now, I'm very comfortable writing with either hand (and the handwriting is almost identical) but I can't write cursive with my left hand.

For certain activities, I prefer to be left handed now specifically tennis, boxing and painting.

I can't get my head around serving with my right hand anymore even though I think my serve is weaker with my left hand. I play two-handed both sides so in the end it doesn't matter anyway but I can't play right handed. The only exception is when reaching for balls on the backhand wing sometimes I use the forehand (so Sharapova!)

When I do boxing, I prefer to take the southpaw stance. I also like painting with my left hand but I can't draw with it, I prefer to draw with my right hand but I never draw anyway.

So I think I'm actually cross dominant rather than ambidextrous since I have a preference for certain sides for certain activities.

God, I can't believe it took me that long to figure out (and come to terms with something) that should've been a simple thing for most people. LOL!

hectopascal
Nov 5th, 2011, 02:23 PM
Interesting thread!

I consider myself to be right hand dominant, my left hand is almost useless. The only things I do left handed are hand ties (suturing) and getting off. I can write left handed, but it takes me 10 times longer and it feels strange because my hand is blocking the view of the letters. I also find it strange that my handwriting looks the same from both hands.

Also, I have no idea how you managed to change serve from right to left hand........