Nature has a way of distributing traits to human beings in ways that lack absolute explanations or clarifications. If you are lucky enough to have the normal ones, you thank your stars but if not, you find a way of making the most out of what you are given. Left-handedness is one of nature’s distributions which is still struggling over the years to gain general acceptance in our world. Some people still harbour very serious negative perceptions about this phenomenon, some on the other hand see it as a good omen, while some others see it as a trait of no special significance. Whether you are left handed or not, this article will be of great benefit to you. Here, you’ll get to know a lot about left handed people. Some of the facts will scare and leave you breathless while others will greatly fascinate you. Read on…
1. Tendency of Left-Handedness is High in Twins
Left-handedness is more common in twins, with 22 percent of twins being born left-handed compared to single babies. I’m actually a witness to this: I have a friend who’s a twin and is left-handed.
2. Left Handed People have a Terrible Temper
Lefties are prone to quick outbursts. Various studies have found that lefties are quicker to anger than righties, but until recently no one knew why. In 2010, a paper in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease posited that it was because left-handed people’s brain hemispheres interact more than right-handed people’s. While this might sound like a good thing, it means that logic (mostly left brain) and emotion (mostly right brain) get mixed together more often than is normal. As a result, things that 90% of the population could deal with calmly are more likely to anger lefties.
3. Beware: They are Expert Fighters and Will Always Win!
Physically, left handed people’s bodies are believed to be more balanced. Research shows that righties are more sensitive to their right side, while lefties show more evenness between sides. For example, lefties tend to perform better using their right hand than vice versa. Also, lefties’ arms are more likely to be even in strength and size while for righties their right arm is typically stronger and larger.
Therefore, they stand better chances of overpowering their opponents in any physical combat. If you are sparring, do not choose a left-handed person as your opponent. Whereas righties are used to fighting mostly right-handed people, lefties are accustomed to defending themselves against both right-handed and left-handed people. The world is practically made for the right-handed population, so we are used to things coming from the right, holding things with our right hand, and so on. Well, for a lefty, they must deal with right-handed things on a daily basis, but they also live a life that is left-hand dominant. So, if it ever comes to do or die, try to have a left-handed person on your side!
4. Lefties Have Very High IQs
Those who are left handed seem to make up a disproportionately large part of those who are highly intelligent. They are known to be very handy at Maths, spatial reasoning, and architecture. Researchers at St. Lawrence University have found that there are more left-handed people with IQ’s over 140 than there are right-handed. The highly intelligent Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin and Charles Darwin were all lefties!
5. Oops! Left Handed People Chicken out Easily
It was discovered through research that left-handed people easily get scared more than those who are right-handed. In a horror movie experiment, left-handers who watched an eight-minute clip from The Silence of the Lambs showed more fear than right-handers. Scientists believe that this may be because the right side of the brain is dominant in lefties and is more involved in fear responses.
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6. Lefties are Born Leaders, Celebrities and Successful
Are you a lefty? Not to worry because you are in a very formidable company and stand chances of ruling over others! Need proof? OK, here we go: three out of the last four presidents of US have been left handed: Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George Bush Snr. Since 1923, the U.S. has had six left-handed presidents – Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford. Also, in the UK, the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William are lefties.
We already talked about those presidential lefties. But wait, there are more highly successful lefties making waves around the globe. Ever heard of Angelina Jolie? Julia Roberts? Lady Gaga? OPRAH? Celine Dion? There’s also American business magnate and philanthropist Bill Gates, Emma Thompson, Jon Stewart, one half of the Backstreet Boys (Kevin and A.J.), Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Rashida Jones, and Tina Fey. Oh lefties, you are in good company. Maybe being left handed is the secret to success!
7. Lefties are Champions in some Sports
Think about sports where you use your hands, and think about how many of the players on the other team will be right-handed. Then you swoop in with your left hand, and they might not be be prepared for that. Even basketball, for example your opponents will be used to defending against right-handed maneuvers; not left. So you could say you have the upper hand. Other sports where lefties have a known advantage are tennis, fencing, boxing, and video games.
8. Left-handedness has Something in Common with Witchcraft and Other Forms of Evil
In historical texts regarding witchcraft in Europe, the left hand was the one used to cast spells and inflict harm on others. Witches could supposedly simply touch someone with their left hand to curse them.
Also, In several languages, left-handedness has been associated with evil, misfortune and stupidity. The word “left” itself stems from the Anglo Saxon word “lyft”, meaning weak. In Latin, the word for left is sinistrum, related to the noun sinister. Ambisinister means “clumsy on both sides.” In addition, the Oxford English Dictionary defines left-handed figuratively as meaning crippled, defective, awkward, clumsy, inapt, characterized by underhanded dealings, ambiguous, doubtful, questionable, ill-omened, inauspicious, and illegitimate.
9. Scary: Lefties have a Direct Link to Devil, Demons and Damnation!
There is obviously a strong historical connection of left-handers to evil and impurity. First of all, it is believed that the Devil is left-handed. People also believed that evil spirits usually skulk behind one’s left shoulder. Muslims believe that good spirits speak into the right ears of people, and evil spirits to the left.
Moreover, Christianity is strongly based towards the right hand. It is the right hand that gives the blessing and makes the sign of the cross. In the Bible, the right hand finds 100 positive mentions, while the left is mentioned 25 times – all in the negative light though. A typical example according to the gospel is that of the righteous ones(sheep) being called to the right hand of God unto salvation while the sinners(goats) would be called to the left unto damnation.
10. Lefties Are Very Creative
Lefties are good at the creative Arts such as Music, Theatre Arts and Visual Arts. They tend to have good visual skills, excelling at tasks like music, acting, fine arts, graphic design and architecture. Bizarre as it sounds, when drawing, most lefties will naturally draw figures that are facing right. As mentioned earlier when we talked about left-handed celebrities, most of them are creative artists – musicians, models, actors, actresses, etc. They are also good at 3-Dimensional perception and thinking.
11. Premature Babies Stand the Risk of Being Left-Handed
Babies born prematurely, especially, extremely premature babies weighing a pound or less at birth, if not checked, are more likely to end up left-handed. Some studies have associated this to some kind of incomplete development of the part of the brain that determines and controls handedness.
One of such studies is that of a team of doctors in Australia and Boston who found out that in a study group of 115 babies treated in a neonatal intensive care unit, 54 percent of extreme preemies were left-handed. Two theories have been advanced to explain the distinction: that left- handedness is caused by slight brain damage sustained during the extremely early birth or that very premature infants do not complete a process of brain development that results in the vast majority of full-term infants being right-handed. This is further substantiated by journal Lancet, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and the University of Queensland in Australia, who speculated that shortened brain development is the most likely cause of left-handedness.
12. Renowned World Terrorists and Murderers were Lefties
Well, at least The Boston Strangler, Jack the Ripper, and Osama Bin Laden were left handed. Research also shows that there is a correlation between left handed people and delinquent behaviors. Maybe there is some truth to the Devil being left handed…
13. More Prone to Allergies, Migraines, Insomnia, and Psychotic Disorders
Researchers found that about 40 percent of those who were suffering from psychosis were left-handed. That’s a significant percentage, considering that only about 10 percent of the population is left-handed. Many studies have also proved that being a lefty plays a key element in one’s health that includes sleeping problems as well as trauma during birth, which would explain the insomnia. Studies show that lefties seem to be prone to have allergies, migraines and are more likely to become alcoholics. This is linked to the right side of the brain dominant in lefties which seems to have a lower tolerance for alcohol.
14. Lefties Hear Better
Mainly speech; lefties are able to hear more accurately in terms of sound changes that occur frequently and swiftly. It turns out that the right and left sides of the brain are specialized in different types of sounds and sound effects. This means that left-handed people, who are more connected to the right side of the brain, can hear sound changes better than their right-handed counterparts.
15. Lefties Are the Only One in their Right Minds
When all is left, everything is right! mong the most interesting facts about left-handers, the most common one is the brain dominance theory. In left-handers the brain is cross wired so the right hemisphere controls the left-handed side of the body and vice versa in case of right handers. Right-handed people operate in the left side of the brain while the left-handed use the right side. So the left-handers can proudly declare that they are always in the ‘right mind’…!
16. They are Nicknamed Southpaws
This originated from baseball where it is used to refer to the handedness of a pitcher. Here is a brief explanation: In a baseball diamond where the batter faces East, the pitcher, standing opposite him, faces West. Imagine facing West and using your body as a map’s key or compass. Your eyes point West, your butt points East, your right arm points North, and your left arm… points South! This is how left-handed pitchers first became known as southpaws. Their paws literally face South in a traditional baseball stadium.
From baseball, the word has moved into other sports and into common use. I hear it most frequently in sports where handedness is a major tactical factor. Sports like hockey, tennis, basketball and boxing where which hand you favor marks which way you are more comfortable swinging your racket or stick are nice fits for using the term.
17. Left Handed People Adjust More Easily to Seeing Underwater
Bizarre as it may sound, one of the benefits of being left handed is being able to adjust more easily to see the world around you when you’re underwater. While you may not need this ability very often, it could come in handy if you live by the sea or enjoy swimming. While it’s not quite clear why this is so, scientists think this ability of lefties has something to do with a different part of the brain being dominant in left handed individuals.
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18. Left-handers are Celebrated Annually all over the Globe
August 13 of every year is is designated International lefthanders Day by lefthanders International. It was first observed on the 13th of August, in the year 1976. As the name suggests, it is meant to promote awareness of the inconveniences faced by left-handers in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates their uniqueness and differences, who are from seven to ten percent of the world’s population. Left-handers Day is now celebrated world-wide. In fact, in the United Kingdom alone, there have been over 20 events that mark this celebration. These events include celebrating a left-hander’s creativity, adaptability and athleticism.