From the moment when I took a pen/pencil in my hand, my relatives understood that I’m left handed. For a long time, the teachers in my school wanted to change it so I can be right-handed just like anybody else. Back then, it was not considered normal to be a leftie, and many parents converted the left-handedness of their children to right-handedness. However, my mom insisted on not doing it, and I maintained my left-handedness.
In this blog, I want to talk about left- handed people and find out interesting facts about lefties.
Lefties make up about 10% percent of the population. In the past, left-handedness was seen as a mark of the devil, a sign of neurosis, rebellion, and criminal activities. In fact, the word ‘left’ in English comes from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘lyft’, meaning broken or weak. However, it is not all bad for lefties. St. Lawrence University conducted IQ tests among right- and left-handed people. The tests results concluded that there were more left-handed people with IQs over 140 than those individuals with dominant right hands. To prove it, Benjamin Franklin and Isaac Newton were lefties!
The other interesting fact about lefties is that they are more inclined to art than right-handed people. In fact, lefties are better at divergent thinking, and a survey of over 2,000 left-handed people showed that the majority of lefties were drawn to careers in art and music. They are also more creative than others.
A surprisingly high percentage of recent U.S. presidents were on the left as well, including President Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Gerald Ford.
Lefties are also more emotional than righties. They tend to be scared and embarrassed much more easily. In addition, they get angrier too.The last interesting fact about lefties is that they drink more often. However, they are not prone to alcoholism; they just like to have fun!