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Left-handed In A Right-handed World
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Left-handed In A Right-handed World

It is estimated that about 14% of the world's population are left-hand. There doesn't appear to be one definitive reason why some people are left-handed, it does seem to run in families and thought to be genetic. The left side of our brain controls the right-handed side of the body and the right side of our brain controls the left-handed side of the body. The left hemisphere (right hand dominance) controls speech, language, writing, logic, mathematics, and science. The right hemisphere (right hand dominance) controls music, art, creativity, perception, emotions, and genius. This brain dominance makes left-handed people more likely than right-handed people to be creative and visual thinkers excelling in certain jobs are professions such as music and the arts.

I always thought that left-handed people were just that, so how hard could it be? But after some research I've come to understand that its not just a left “handed” difference but a whole left “sided” issue of dominance. Left-handed people struggle with a whole world designed to accommodate folks who “lead” with their right. Yes, they struggle with simple every day items like scissors and can openers (what a pain!) but I never realized that a left-handed person's first inclination would probably be to shake hands with their LEFT hand.

What prompted my interest in the left-handed world? I recently sprained my right wrist and being right-handed, I was forced into experiencing life as a left-handed person in a right-handed world. What a struggle! My stove was backwards; I couldn't use the number pad on my computer keyboard; and my light switches were all on the wrong side of the doorways! By the end of only one day I was more than just a little frustrated and determined to find out what I could about products that MUST be available to make it easier for a left-handed person to live in our right-handed world!

I've found dozens of sites and on-line shops that are dedicated to rectify the issues that I experienced in just one day. I've found left-handed items, facts, figures, forums and famous left-handed people and have organized them all in one place on the web, Left-Handed Products.

Did you know...

Most left-handed individuals draw figures facing to the right.

There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed.

Left-handed people adjust more readily to seeing underwater.

Left-handed people excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing.

Four of the five original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed.


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