Left-handed people, also known as lefties or southpaws exhibit personality traits such as resiliency and independence. There are various myths with regard to left-hand dominant people. It was believed that lefties were likely to be schizophrenic, dyslexic, and stutterers. Also they may suffer from health problems such as asthma, allergies and breast cancer.
However, Dr Michael Peters of the University of Guelph made important observations towards debunking the myths surrounding left-handed people in the year 2006 although some personality traits of left-handed people persisted.
Statistics reveal that around 10% of the world’s population are left-handed. In fact, the left-handedness is determined by the presence of a gene called LRRTM1 as people with this gene are more likely to be left-hand dominated. Besides the right handed and left handed people, there are also some bi-dexterous people who use both their hands with equal ease.
In the brain there are two hemispheres – while the left brain focuses on syntax and order, the right hemisphere of the brain monitors context and emotions. Studies show that the speech centers of right-handed people and most left-handed people are in the left brain.
Leadership: It has been observed that about 66% of American presidents in the last 30 years have been left-handed. The list includes Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. In fact, the current President and Vice-President, Barack Obama and John McCain respectively are also both left-handed.
Independence: According to experts the left-handed people are oriented to be more independent since they have to adjust in a world that is not made for them. According to Dr Michael Peters, the left-handed people are “slightly more resistant to social pressures, to have more of an independent streak.”
Quick thinkers: Studies show that left-handed people are “exceptional.” A study conducted in Australia revealed that they earn more money and also they think more quickly when playing physical sports or computer games.
Adaptability: A research study conducted in Canada shows that the left-handed people are more adaptable than the right-handed people. This is because a left-handed person can use his/her right hand to do tasks more easily than a right-handed person use his/her left hand. Thus, left-handed people can conveniently switch over to different hands with ease.
Sexuality: A Canadian study revealed a very interesting fact about left- handed people that they are more likely to be inclined towards homosexuality.
Thus, left-handed people are generally more flexible, more resilient, highly adaptive and highly intelligent in comparison to right-handed people. On the other hand, bi-dexterous people can alter their beliefs as they receive new information, thus helping them see both sides of the coin.