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post #31 of 55
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Originally Posted by MargeCat View Post
...I would never have known you were dyslexic from your posts--you spell and write beautifully!
Not a clue! It's shameful that it was done to you, but you're compensating beautifully.
post #32 of 55
Im amazed at how many people still say that they were encouraged/forced to use their right hands for writing.

I know at one time, it was believed to be bad luck to be left-handed and it was common practice to force kids to write with their right hands.. but I was under the impression that this was quite a long time ago.. thinking the time frame when people were afraid of witches and such.. I didnt realize this practice was still being done this recent.
post #33 of 55
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Originally Posted by nekkiddoglady View Post
Im amazed at how many people still say that they were encouraged/forced to use their right hands for writing.

I know at one time, it was believed to be bad luck to be left-handed and it was common practice to force kids to write with their right hands.. but I was under the impression that this was quite a long time ago.. thinking the time frame when people were afraid of witches and such.. I didnt realize this practice was still being done this recent.
My husband is about to turn 33, so not too long ago.
post #34 of 55
I'm right handed. I used to be able to write legibly with my left hand, and that arm and hand used to be stronger/more stable than my right - ie, I couldn't use a right handed bow but could hold a left handed one perfectly steady.

That changed. My grip and steadiness in both hands and arms is slowly going. Now my left hand and arm often shake and both arms will jerk and my hands spasm open. Very bad when you're eating! So I can no longer hold a pencil or pen still enough in my left hand to write.

I still manage to sew and do fine wire and bead work - until my left hand shakes too much and I have to stop.


Funny story - several years ago I was bitten by a cat and in the ER. The sheriff
wanted me to sign something... Well most people are right handed and my right hand and arm was bandage up. I looked at the paper, looked at my arm, then back to him and said "That's not going to happen." he got the 'duh' look on his face and said "oh, you're right handed".


As for Linda's dyslexia. I bet she uses preview and the edit button a lot which is why most do not see it. I suspect a lot of us would have unreadable posts without those two options - I know mine would look horrible.

I still remember kids being forced to write with their right hands when I was in grade school, too. I also remember getting in trouble for asking the teacher why they had to force someone to change it - well, I didn't ask it that nicely.
post #35 of 55
Im 27, so your hubby isnt that much older than me... I just thought we were well past the age of such silly superstistions, but arrantly not!
post #36 of 55
ambidextrous
better with sports left, tennis, b-ball, golf, baseball, shooting a gun, snowboarding, etc. but can also use right hand
Eat left handed the majority of the time, can eat right handed no problem and sometimes do
better with writing and drawing right, but can write and draw left and sometimes do
can use both hands quite well.
post #37 of 55
I am right handed but I can write with my left hand.
post #38 of 55
I am pre-dominantly right handed, but can eat, cut, and write with my left hand too. I just cant write as well with my left hand, but it IS legible, and on rare occasions will come out almost as well as my right. But that's rare.
post #39 of 55
I'm definitely right-handed, but oddly enough, my left hand is stronger. I discovered this while taking the physical for a truck driving job. You had to have a grip of a certain strength. My right hand couldn't do it, but my left could. Oddly enough, Dottie didn't have any trouble with it.

The reason? A rehab doctor thinks he found the explanation. I developed a slight carpal tunnel problem, and in checking me over, he found a funny reflex on my right side. Those reflexes are indicators of brain damage, usually from a severe accident or stroke. He had me smile, and found that I really only smile with the left side of my face.

We discussed this for a while. I've never been in a bad accident. However, when I was 18 months old, I almost died from measles. I was in a coma in the hospital for 3 days. The rehab doctor thinks that I may actually have suffered a slight stroke during that episode.

I've gone back and looked at my elementary school pictures. The one-sided smile is there, no matter how far I go back.

And I was almost 50 before I found all this out!
post #40 of 55
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277 View Post
I also have a terrible, terrible time telling my right from my left, I've had this issue forever. nothing helps, I just get them mixed up, even with doing the L with my thumb
I have the same problem! I HATE when I'm driving and someone tells me to take a right, because I will most likely take a left...or vise versa. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has problems with that.

I actually taught my self how to write with my left hand in grade school because my best friend was left handed and I thought that was SO cool. I don't know if that is what caused it or what.
post #41 of 55
My brother is completly right handed.. by default. He has Cerebral Palsy, which affected his left side. Drs told mom they couldnt give him a prognosis as a baby.. anything could happen, best case scenario is that the left side of the brain takes total control and learns everything the right should be doing.. worst case scenairo is that he'd pretty much need someone to take care of him.. fortunantly for him, the left side did take over, for the most part. The only thing obvious about the CP is his left hand.

Its amazing how much dexterity he has in his right hand tho.. he plays video games one handed.. and he's also mastered chop sticks quite well. He does pretty much everything one-handed.. the only things he cant do is tie his shoes and cut meat.
post #42 of 55
Hoorah for the south paws!!!

I am most certainly left handed, but i feel some things more comfortable the other way. When i eat, fork is in the left hand, but when i cut, knife is in the left and fork in the right lol. My hand is just so dominant it needs to cut and eat in the same! I sling my bag on my right shoulder. Catch and throw with the left. it's all so very weird.
post #43 of 55
I tried to write "Can I really write with my non-dominant hand"? with my left to check and see if I really can. I can, and I checked that box, but, man, it looks exactly like the printing from a child just learning to write, and it took forever!
post #44 of 55
I am almost completely ambidextrous. When I was younger, I was primarily right handed but I broke my right arm and had to learn how to write and stuff like that left handed for school. When my arm healed, I started writing with my right hand again but I tried to keep my left hand up to par as well. One of the only things I'm not good at with both hands is using the mouse. I'm much better with my right.
post #45 of 55
I am left handed. I can write with my right hand well enough to read it, but it gets on my nerves to try. It really feels against nature or something. However, I have to open Pepsi bottles and jar lids with my right hand. And the few times I've been bowling, I had to throw the ball with my right hand. (You can tell how good I am at bowling, since I am "throwing" the ball.)
post #46 of 55
I am primarily left handed
post #47 of 55
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Originally Posted by WELDRWOMN View Post
I have had an increasing interest in Non-dominant hand abilities. I am right handed but I can write with my left hand...the problem is that it ends up being mirror image. What causes that? I am having trouble figuring that out. Also, if I concentrate enough, I can start in the middle of a page having a pen in each hand and write out from the middle at the same time with the left hand side being mirror image of the right.
my grandad also could do this and it looked really odd when you watched him do it.

i am right handed in regard to writing, but i have tought myself to do most things with both hands over the last few years, simply because at work it makes life allot easier if you can use tools in either hand as you cant always get access with the hand you want to use.

i have friends who are related to eachother and they are both leftys, but have both tought themselves to be "ambi's" for the same reason.

my only thing i am stuck with in right handed form is playing guitar, that would be very good to be able to play either way! im sure someone has done it, but it took years to learn it just the one way so i'll leave it at that for now!
post #48 of 55
I write with my right hand. i used to use my right leg for everything-support, kicking when playing soccer etc, but when i tore 3 logaments and sprained my right ankle, now my left leg is more dominant lol. Also when riding my horse my left side (mostly left hand) is more dominant like when I am asking for a bend with my left hand, it is more natural than using my right hand and thus Joe is more flexible on his left lol. Maybe i have hit my head one too many times when falling off horses that my brain doesnt know which side of my body is more dominant!!
post #49 of 55
I'm right handed but I can write with my left too (a little, and it slants all over the page). There are some things I can only do with my left, like brushing my teeth (weird)
post #50 of 55
I am very strongly left-handed/sided. If I write with my right hand it looks like a 3-year-old trying to write. I use my mouse on the left side too. I can't really use scissors with my right hand so I hold them in a weird position to get them to work with my left. My left leg/foot is also dominant (for kicking or anything else I'm using my feet for.)
The only time I use my right hand for something is when I am using something that is configured for right-handed people and won't work when held with the left hand.
post #51 of 55
I'm primarily right handed, but I can write with my left hand... perfectly written BACKWORDS letters with my left hand...
post #52 of 55
I was supposed to be a lefty, but my mom and teachers forced me to write with my right hand instead. To this day I write like a lefty would - paper slanted, hand curled inward.

Too late to change! With a little bit of practice, I could write with both!
post #53 of 55
I'm right handed and I don't really use my left hand for anything, except for typing, playing video games, and bass guitar. I can write with my left hand, but it looks like chicken scratch.
post #54 of 55
I am left handed when I write, but I use a knife and scissors with my right, and I can use tongs to dish food with my right as well as my left..
post #55 of 55
I mainly write with my right hand however because I've played music for soo long I'm pretty ambidexterous.
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