About two hundred million persons in the world today belong to a minority group that is regarded as Â“abnormalÂ”. They are the group of left-handed people. According to handwriting experts, the number of left-handers is increasing. Forty years ago, only two or four per cent of school-age children were left-handed. Today, more than 10 per cent are left-handed. It is estimated that about one-quarter of American people were originally left-handed, but that they were probably forced by their teachers and parents to go against their natural tendencies and use their right hands.
Fact about Left-Handed
About two hundred million persons in the world today belong to a minority group that is regarded as “abnormal”. They are the group of left-handed people. According to handwriting experts, the number of left-handers is increasing. Forty years ago, only two or four per cent of school-age children were left-handed. Today, more than 10 per cent are left-handed. It is estimated that about one-quarter of American people were originally left-handed, but that they were probably forced by their teachers and parents to go against their natural tendencies and use their right hands.
Some people have regarded left-handed person as emotional, unstable, unintelligent and stubborn, but they have forgotten that all these personality qualities can also be found in right-handed people and in about the same proportions.
Although they are left-handed, a lot of them have reached the top in their chosen fields. Among prominent left-handers are former American President Harry S. Truman, President Ford and film actor Danny Kaye. In the world of sport, you can also find a lot of left-handed champions such Larry Gardner, Al Bridwell, Arturo Lopez, Phil Mickelson, Rafael Nadal, Brian Lara. In the world of music, Sir Paul McCartney and Jimi Hendrix are left-handed.
The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama is left-handed
Going back in history, we find that many of Egypt’s Pharaoh were left-handed, as were several Roman Emperors, the Prophet Benjamin, Alexander the Great, Charles the Great, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo da Vinci. For centuries, society has regarded left-handedness as something bad or unfavorable. The word “left” in many languages has been associated with anything wrong or bad, while the word “right” has been regarded as symbolizing anything right and good.
There is no general agreement among scientists why people are left-handed. Some experts express their opinion that the tendency of left-handedness is hereditary, like the color of eyes and hair but there is no concrete evidence to support this theory. Many left-handed children have left-handed parents but this can be the result more of imitation than of heredity.
There is the theory of cerebral dominance that one side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body. In more simple words this means that we are left-handed because we are “right-brained”, or the other way around. There are no psychological differences between the two sides of the brain, only functional differences.
The most common opinion is that our right-handedness is generally determined by our customs and by training by our parents and teachers. For instances, men were taught for centuries to fight with their right hand so that they could use the left hand to hold a shield to protect their hearts. Thus, in ancient civilizations, right-handedness was carefully and intentionally implanted into newborn male babies but there are children with natural left-handedness who cannot be changed to use of their right hands.
For the first year of their lives, most babies tend to use either hand. Noting this, many parents encourage the use of the right hand by making it more comfortable to do so. The majority of human beings, although naturally ambidextrous (able to use either hand with similar comfort), are trained to use their hands by their parents, who indoctrinate the idea that using the left hand is improper and impolite.
Dr. Brian Bryngelson of the University of Minnesota has been studying left-handedness for more than 40 years. His research indicates that there may be differences between left-handed and right-handed children. He reports that left-handers have a tendency to be more imaginative, creative and sensitive, while the right-handers seem to be more open-hearted, easy-going and sociable.
“If they were not influenced by custom and training,” Dr. Bryngelson says, “36 of every one hundred children born today would become left-handed, and about three per cent would be using both hands with equal ease.”
Left-handedness isn’t means strange to man. Biologists have learned that there are “left-handed” or “left-sided” animals. Most plants twists, turn and climb to the right, yet many plants do the same things but only to the left.
Another interesting fact about left-handedness was stated by archeologist Dr. Ira. S. Wile. After examining ancient tools and do the archeological discoveries, Dr. Ira. S. Wile came to the conclusion that in prehistoric times the majority of men were left-handed. Yet by the Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago, the proportion had dropped down to fifty-fifty.
Until recently, many psychologists had the opinion that if parents forced a left-handed child to become right-handed, the change would damage his emotional and mental development, and the child might experience difficulty in speaking. Now most modern experts disagree with this theory, which they regard as being too pessimistic.
Today, meeting the needs of left-handed people is a big business. Many manufacturers now produce special tools and appliances, such as golf clubs, guns, bowling balls, scissors, musical instruments, sewing machines and dental equipment for left-handed consumers.