Here Are 10 Facts About Left-Handed People That You Didn't Know About. The Last One Surprised Me.
Have you ever known a left handed person? I myself am right-handed and have no problem finding all of the products that I need because most are geared towards the right hand, but I have known lefties and they seem to struggle a little with some everyday tasks. However, they also tend to be more independent because they have spent their whole lives adapting to this right handed world that we live in. For that reason, let's get to know these lefties a little more. Here are some fascinating facts:
Back in the 1970s, a paper called "Left-Handedness and Alcoholism" raised the possibility that left-handed people were more likely to be alcoholics than right-handed people. The study was purely observational, however. Until recently, no hard evidence existed that linked handedness to drinking habits.
It turns out that lefties aren't more likely to be genetically disposed to addiction, but on average they do drink more often, and in greater quantities than righties. Since excessive alcohol consumption alters your brain chemistry and can eventually lead to physical dependence, this may be one possible explanation for why the previous study noticed a prevalence of left-handed alcoholics.
#9 They mostly use the right side of the brain.
The left hemisphere of the brain (RIGHT HAND CONTROL) controls Speech, Language, Writing, Logic, Mathematics, Science, this is the LINEAR THINKING MODE.
The right hemisphere of the brain(LEFT HAND CONTROL) controls Music, Art, Creativity, Perception, Emotions, Genius, this is the HOLISTIC THINKING MODE
This brain dominance makes left-handers more likely than right handers to be creative and visual thinkers. This is supported by higher percentages of left-handers than normal in certain jobs and professions - music and the arts, media in general. Left-handers are also generally better at 3-dimensional perception and thinking, leading, for example, to more left-handed architects than normal. Left-handers are also usually pretty good at most ball sports and things involving hand-to-eye co-ordination.
The view that left-handers are clumsy and awkward is not down to their natural abilities, but being forced to use right-handed tools and machinery which is completely back-to-front for them.
#8 They are good at baseball, tennis, swimming, and boxing. Up to 40% of the best tennis players are lefties.
As it turns out, there's no arguing with the lefties on the issue of left-handed dominance in sports. In athletic contests that involve competing one on one, such as boxing and tennis, they possess an advantage that has everything to do with surprise and nothing to do with witchcraft.
The most obvious advantage of a left-hander in sports is that opponents facing them are less used to dealing with their stances, moves, angles, etc, which can yield an element of surprise and unpredictability. One particularly famous anecdote tells of a 1947 boxing match in which natural left-hander Mike Collins emerged from his corner in a right-handed stance before suddenly shifting left and delivering the fight's first and last punch, knocking out his opponent, Pat Brownson, in a record-breaking four seconds.
#7 The word left come from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means broken or weak.
The word left in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lyft, which means weak or broken. The Oxford English Dictionary defines left-handed as meaning crippled, defective, awkward, clumsy, inapt, characterized by underhanded dealings, ambiguous, doubtful, questionable, ill-omened, inauspicious, and illegitimate.
Phrases in English suggest a negative view of left-handedness. For example, a "left-handed complement" is actually an insult. A "left-handed marriage" is not a marriage but an adulterous sexual liaison, as in a "left-handed honeymoon with someone else's husband." A "left-handed wife" is actually a mistress.
#6 Lefties are more susceptible to allergies and asthma than right-handed people.
Left-handedness appears to be associated with a greater risk for a number of psychiatric and developmental disorders. While lefties make up about 10% of the overall population, about 20% of people with schizophrenia are lefties, for example. Links between left-handedness and dyslexia, ADHD and some mood disorders have also been reported in research studies.
Left-Handed people are more likely to suffer from allergies, asthma, Crohn's disease, epilepsy, autoimmune bowel disease, and juvenile diabetes. It has also been rumored that they don't live as long as right-handers, although the evidence is inconclusive.
#5 August 13th is International Left-Handers Day.
August 13 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. Thousands of left-handed people in today's society have to adapt to use right handed tools and objects.
There's also a more serious side to the day, which spreads awareness about the special needs of left-handed kids. Also, left-handed people may be more likely to develop schizophrenia because of their enhanced creativity and imagination.
#4 The Boston Strangler, Osama Bin Laden, and Jack The Ripper were left-handed.
The Latin word for "left" is "sinister," which could also go into why nuns used to force children to write with their right hands even if they were left handed.
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 behavior. Maybe there is some truth to the Devil being left handed...
#3 Left-handed people tend to get angry faster than the rest. John McEnroe is left-handed. Case closed
Various studies have found that lefties arequicker to anger than righties, but until recently no one knew why. In 2010, a paper inThe Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease posited that it was because left-handed and ambidextrous 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.
#2 Lefties tend to be better in math and architecture while right-handed people are more verbally talented.
Researchers have suggested a link between handedness and ability with mathematics. This link has been proposed by Geschwind, Galaburda, Annett, and Kilshaw. The suggested link is that a brain without extreme bias towards locating language in the left hemisphere would have an advantage in mathematical ability.
A 1967 study by Douglas, found no evidence to correlate mathematical ability with left-handedness or ambidexterity. The study compared the people who came in the top 15% of a mathematics examination with those of moderate mathematical ability, and found that the two groups' handedness preferences were similar.
#1 Left-handed people are more likely to suffer from insomnia.
researchers believe they have found another possible cause behind insomnia - being left-handed.
Scientists from Ohio believe that this may be due to a condition called periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), which is characterized by the presence of rhythmic hand movements while sleeping. This can lead to a disturbance in rest, leaving people feeling tired in the morning.
n a study of people with insomnia, researchers found that 69 percent of right-handed participants had bilateral limb movements, a warning sign for PLMD, while 94 percent of left-handed subjects presented with the same condition. This suggests that left-handed people are at a higher risk of having PLMD and a subsequent sleep disorder. This population may want to consider taking an herbal insomnia supplement if they find themselves having trouble hitting the hay.
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