Being A Lefty

Simpsons leftyI am part of the ten percent of the human population which is left handed. Simply by virtue of me being a southpaw, I am more prone to accidents and immune deficiencies, but the left and right hemispheres of my brain exchange information more readily, and I am naturally more creative due to right brain dominance. What is interesting, though, is that I am not left-handed across the board. I do many things right handed, but more on that later.

Studies have discovered that elevated testosterone levels in the womb are often what cause left-handedness to occur. Apparently the higher testosterone level slows the development of neurons in the left hemisphere of the brain, causing more development in the right hemisphere and a corresponding left sided body dominance. One gene (LRRTM1) has also been linked to left-handedness. Some left-handers like me have a cross-dominance, in which one hand is favored for certain tasks while the other hand is favored for other tasks. This is in contrast to a true ambidexterity, in which neither hand is favored over the other.

Here is how my particular hand dominance breaks down:

Write with left hand

Draw and paint with left hand

Perform injections with left hand

Eat with left hand (but can hold utensils with right hand)

Brush teeth with left hand (but can use right hand too)

Tweezers with left hand

Flatiron with left hand

Brush hair with either hand

Throw a ball with right hand (can’t do it with my left at all)

Use computer mouse with right hand

Play(ed) guitar right handed

Play pool right handed

Bowl right handed

Play darts with right hand

Kick with right foot
left handed
I am still not completely sure what this all means, despite having considerable training in science and medicine. It’s pretty fascinating to me, though. I would love to hear from people who might have a little cross-dominance.

One thought on “Being A Lefty

  1. Write with left hand – SAME, though I can do right handed somewhat decently.

    Draw and paint with left hand – SAME

    Perform injections with left hand – Any delicate work like this I also do left handed.

    Eat with left hand (but can hold utensils with right hand) – SAME

    Brush teeth with left hand (but can use right hand too) – SAME, and I shave both handed.

    Tweezers with left hand – Both hands

    Flatiron with left hand – Both hands

    Brush hair with either hand – Same

    Throw a ball with right hand (can’t do it with my left at all) – Same

    Use computer mouse with right hand – Same

    Play(ed) guitar right handed – Same

    Play pool right handed – I play regularly, and I play left handed.

    Bowl right handed – I bowl left handed.

    Play darts with right hand – Same

    Kick with right foot – Same

    I golf right handed (when I used to golf)

    Shoot baskets right handed.

    Shoot a gun left handed, but I am right master eyed.

    Prefer to hold a cup/glass/mug left handed, but can do either.

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