As a right-handed person, I have always been afforded the luxury of never having my capabilities questioned. I have watched as left-handed classmates have been chastised for the way in which they hold their pen, the egg and spoon on sports day, a tennis racket, a paintbrush…the list is endless, for left-handed people do things very differently.
Of course, in this modern world people are starting to come round to the idea that being different is good. In fact, so good it should be celebrated. Thus, being left-handed is barely noticeable these days, despite the fact that 70-95% of the world’s population possess a dominant right hand.
This hasn’t always been the case, over the years people who rely on their left-hand have been subjected to a great deal of discrimination. For example, during the industrial revolution, all factory equipment was made to be handled by those who predominantly use their right hand. In fact, even the word “right” is synonymous with power and correctness, whilst the word “left” is often connotated with words such as awkward and clumsy.
You probably didn’t know that these celebrities all rely on their left hand…
But rather than let this hold them back, left-handed people have been making working twice as hard to make it in this world. From Barrack Obama to Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey to Leanardo Da Vinci, Marie Curie to Jimi Hendrix, left-handers are a force to be reckoned with! Don’t believe me? Here are five reasons you should never underestimate someone who relies on their left hand…
1. They are really creative
Those who depend on their left hand have been observed to have better divergent thinking skills, which essentially means that they’re better at thinking outside of the box and coming up with creative solutions.
With creatives such as James Cameron, the film director behind blockbuster hits such as Avatar, Titanic and The Terminator, musicians such as David Bowie, Eminem, Sir Paul McCartney, and actors such as Tom Cruise, Pierce Brosnan, Jim Carrey, Marilyn Monroe and Brad Pitt all preferring to use their left hand, it’s clear to see that creative does seem to flow through the left arm!
2. They may just be smarter than you
It has been argued (by Chris McManus of Univesity College London, who wrote the book Right-Hand, Left-Hand) that left-handed people have historically produced an above-average quota of high achievers. McManus supports this argument by saying that left-handers’ brains are structured differently, in a way that enhances their range of abilities.
McManus’ claims may not be too outlandish when you consider that some of the smartest people in history, such as Albert Einstein, Aristotle, Neil Armstrong and Winston Churchill all used their left hands.
3. They will probably beat you at any sport
It may be hard to believe, but left-handed athletes have an advantage. When they practice they are able to routinely go up against people who use their right hand, so they are well practiced in having them as an opponent. On the other hand (literally), right-handed athletes rarely come up against left-handed competitors, meaning that they have an added challenge.
Just think, some of the world’s greatest sports stars use their left hand, such as Diego Maradona (admittingly it was his feet that were his more important limb, but still), John McEnroe, Babe Ruth, Randy Johnson, Lionel Messi, Rafael Nadal and Martina Navratilova.
4. They may have had a traumatic birth
It has been found that those born with a lower than average birth weight, or born under complicated circumstances are more likely to use their left hand.
5. They are probably a witch/wizard
That’s right, pack your bags and board the Hogwarts Express as if you use your left-hand you are likely a witch/wizard. However, once you arrive you’d be sorted into Slytherin house, for left-handedness is often associated with black magic.
So there you have it, if you’re a leftie you’re a unique specimen who is likely to be good at everything – even with your potential dark side!