8 Amazing Facts about Left Handed People

Left-handed people may look odd to some of us because you are left to wonder what made them decide to use their left hand instead of… Denis Courtney - July 24, 2016

Left-handed people may look odd to some of us because you are left to wonder what made them decide to use their left hand instead of their right. The answer is that human beings whether right or left-handed have no control as to which hand they should use. This is because we are all under the mercy of the variations of our genes which dictate the right or left asymmetry in the mind and the body.

The world we live in today is more acceptable to left-handed people because it is believed that they were deemed outcasts in the past. During those days, left-handers were seen as unclean as people thought that one had been possessed by the devil. This is because left-handedness is associated with the devil because he is believed to be left-handed. Although they have become acceptable, products are continuously being produced with right-handed people in mind therefore making their life impossible as they can’t use them. Such items include cars, desks and even scissors making them impossible to use. These challenges are the reason why researchers believe that such people have been forced to be independent as they are forced to try and figure out the world on their own.

Facts about left-handed individuals

1. Left-handers are good sportsmen/women


Being left-handed is a blessing in disguise after all. This is because studies have shown that most successful sportsmen/women are left-handed. This is attributed to the fact that since most players are right-handed, many are not used to dealing with those who are left-handed. Take for example the likes of Lionel Messi in football; the guy can literally go past five players in the pitch on his own. This is because most players expect him to kick the ball with the right leg but he instead surprises them and shoots with the left. Other successful sports personalities are those in fencing, boxing and even tennis with the likes of Rafael Nadal. Another reason as to why they can easily beat right-handers is because they spend more time practicing with them and therefore learn their tricks since they comprise the larger population.

2. Lefties have a higher IQ


It is proven that a person can only use one side of their brain during normal occasions. However, it has been noted that those people who tend to use both sides of the brain are lefties. This by itself makes them think faster and in a more diligent manner as opposed to the larger population of right-handed people. This indeed increases their IQ hence they make up large sections of geniuses.

The evidence is not yet clear but researchers believe that they make up the greater percentage of the population with the highest intelligence. Examples of geniuses who were left-handed include Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton. The explanation behind the high IQ is because circumstances have forced them to use both sides of their brain more often therefore allowing them to process large amounts of information at once and with ease.

3. Lefties are good at multitasking


Apart from the ability to use both sides of the brain, lefties have the ability to make their brains think quickly. With this, they are able to process large and often complex unorganized information at once and at a faster rate. This ability therefore allows them to efficiently multi-task, unlike the rest of us righties who heavily rely on one side of our brains. This is because communication between the right and the left hemisphere in lefties happens quickly. This simply means that the more dominant the left-handedness the better the abilities.

4. Lefties are quick to anger


Have you ever wondered why that left-handed friend gets angered so easily? You might even realize that he is the only one who easily gets angered by the small things a normal person does not. Research shows that there are some factors that facilitated this, especially for left-handed people.

This can be attributed to the fact that when assessing their moods and emotions, there is an imbalance between their right and left hemispheres in their brains. This can therefore be attributed to their frequent bad moods. Another factor is that they are prone to negative emotions. In addition, they seem to have difficulty processing and analyzing their feelings.

5. They are easily embarrassed

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In a study conducted on both righties and lefties to assess their impulsiveness and personality traits, results showed that lefties are shy and afraid of making mistakes. It was also confirmed that they make criticism or scold personally as they are hurt easily. But why is it so?

Researchers therefore concluded that lefties feel more inhibited, shy, and get embarrassed easily, unlike their right-handed counterparts. They therefore tend to assess situations first unlike righties who just jump in without much thought as they fear being judged.

6. They are very good artists


Arts is more inclined to thinking. Whichever art one is involved in, you need to think big and come up with something that can be heard/seen or felt by others. We all know that art is not as easy as its spelling, it is a matter of creativity and thoughtfulness.

You may have noticed that your left-handed friends are more inclined to take artistic careers, unlike the right-handed lot. This is because they are good at divergent thinking. This simply means that they are better at idea generation and exploring the various solutions to a problem. I don’t know if you have noticed but various successful celebrities like Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, and Oprah Winfrey among others are left-handed.

A pro-lefties research which was conducted sometime back also showed that lefties tended to find advantages in arts, music, sports and information Technology fields, unlike their counterparts. Another plus is that they are more likely to lean on visual-based courses while in school and not the languages as they are good at drawing and coming up with creative ideas

7. Left-handers recover after stroke


The logic behind this claim is still unclear. Scientists however believe that this could be attributed to the fact that while they were trying to adjust and navigate the right-minded world, they too strengthened both sides of their brains. Another factor is that when they suffer from stroke, they are still able to use their non-dominant hand making it easier for them to recover easily from the damage of stroke on their brain.

This does not necessarily mean that their recovery from stroke will be easier than their counterparts but that they can easily adapt to using their non-dominant side. However, this fact just tries to explain the fact that a left-handed individual has a higher chance of recovering from a stroke attack as opposed to a right-handed individual. This group of people must be a lucky lot.

8. Lefties like drinking alcohol


Anyone can be an alcoholic whether they are left or right-handed as this depends heavily on your emotional state. In the case of left-handers, there is no clear conclusive evidence as to whether they are alcoholics. There is however a myth that suggests that lefties are more likely to be alcoholics. A research which was conducted on about 25,000 people from 12 different countries however showed different results. It was discovered that even if lefties are not prone to becoming alcoholics, they tend to drink more frequently than their right-handed counterparts. This was concluded that lefties just simply like letting loose and having fun and not necessarily because they are addicts.

There are so many myths surrounding left-handed people. It just takes the right people with the right minds to understand and adjust to their needs. If you happen to have a child or a relative with lefty tendencies, just embrace them because they have amazing attributes and talents you can all benefit from today and in the future. You may not see them today but you will surely experience time in due time.