There’s no denying it, we are in the minority – the ODD one out.
Well, lefties make up about 10 percent of the population — but, frankly, it seems like society has forgotten about them. Right-handed gadgets, awkwardly designed desks, cooking tools that fit comfortably in your right hand – all of these things just achieve one thing for us lefties – FRUSTRATION!
During the 17th century, the left-handed were believed to be supporters of dark forces. This is a belief in France becauseaccording to them the devil blessed his supporters using his left-hand. The term SINISTER is defined as being “of the left” or “dark”.
However, not wishing to offend any lefties (you will see why later…), here are some fascinating facts about being left-handed:
- About 20 percent of people with schizophrenia dominantly use their left hands. Coincidence? Probably not, say scientists, who have also found an increased risk for dyslexia, ADHD and certain mood disorders in left-handed people.
- According to research published in the American Journal of Psychology, there is some evidence that left-handed people have the upper hand in at least one creative facet — they’re better at divergent thinking, a method of idea generation that explores many possible solutions.
- Doesn’t matter which way they swing politically: A surprisingly high percentage of recent U.S. presidents were on the left (in terms of handedness, of course).
- Actually, left-handers may have the advantage in sports that involve two opponents facing each other, such as tennis, boxing and baseball, but is this purely because they have more practise facing their right-handed rivals?
- Lefties scare more easily – people who use their left hands tend to be more affected by fear than people who use their right hands.
- We get angrier too – lefties are more prone to having negative emotions. In addition, they seem to have a more difficult time processing their feelings.Again, this seems to be related to the brain-hand connection. Compared to righties, left-handed participants in the study showed an imbalance in activity between the left and right hemispheres when trying to process their moodiness.
- Left-handers more commonly agreed with statements like “I worry about making mistakes” and “Criticism or scolding hurts me quite a bit.” In fact, their answers left researchers believing that lefties tend to feel more inhibited, shy and embarrassed than their right-handed counterparts.
- They like a drink – For years, myth has held that left-handers are more likely to become alcoholics. Research into the topic was murky, however, and only relied on small samples. But a recent survey of more than 25,000 people from 12 countries has cleared things up a bit — while lefties are not more prone to alcoholism, they do drink more often.
- Left-handers are the minority — so does that mean they’ll be extinct one day? No t at all! In fact, some researchers believe that when it comes to survival of the fittest, lefties come out on top because in one-to-one combat, using the left-hand is like throwing a curveball.
- We have our own day – AUGUST 13 is International Left-Hander’s Day, when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed.
So as the saying goes “it ain’t all bad”, be sure to celebrate your “dark” side!!!