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I Was Born Left-handed and Forced to Switch Right-handed

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    Switched From Left Hand To Right Handed Starting At Age 21

    I was seriously injured when I turned 21 & couldn't use either hand for months. Eventually I regained just a little use of my right hand but almost no useable use of my left hand. A "little" use of my right hand was a major improvement so it got lots of use & over the next...
    Lone63 Lone63 61-65, M May 15, 2012

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    Lefty Forced To Be A Righty

    When I was very young I think about a year old my dad started noticing that I was a lefty as I used my left hand to play with toys eat and more. When I started to learn how to write my would reprimand me to change back to my right hand whenever I switched to my left hand. Soon I...
    Ariawonderland Ariawonderland 18-21, F May 2, 2013

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    The Truth Comes Out Finally

    I was born left handed and I didnt know about until yesterday. It was funny how my parents had told my gf and I was never told about it. I am already in my mid twenties and have always been lost in everything I do (mostly indecisiveness). I am slowly getting better. A couple...
    Jskoe Jskoe 26-30 Jun 4, 2013

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    No One Believes That This Happens!

    I can't believe this site exists. I'm not the only one! I'm thirty years old now, and no one ever believed that a person would force a child to use their right hand instead of their left. The only person that ever believed me was my psychology teacher in high school. My mother...
    blondeone123 blondeone123 26-30 4 Responses Dec 14, 2012

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    I remember as a kid, my family always trying to

    turn me rt handed Bcuz the old wives tale about left handed people were witches. now I'm ambidextrous. thx guys!!
    1mtnstr 1mtnstr 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 11

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    If I Had My Choice I Would Have Stayed A Lefty.

    From what I've been told by my parents I was born a lefty but my grandmother who took being left handed as a sign of there being something mentally wrong, took it upon herself to teach me to write with my right hand. She would use methods such as smacking my left hand when I...
    Klong91 Klong91 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 13, 2010

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    Left Is Right

    When I was still a toddler, my Mom saw I was a lfty and forced me to become right handed. I had no memory of this, but after going through some traumatic life altering events, I felt a strong desire to start using my left hand for everyday things. It wasn't until some months into...
    RyanMann RyanMann 26-30, M Sep 13, 2013

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    Can'T Recollect This Incident But This Is What Mom Said

    My brother and myself were born left handers. Our mom forced us to use right hand to hold pencil and write things. I can't remember this incident now, but mom said this to us. Although I write with my right hand, unlike my brother, I still do some of the tasks using my left...
    get2siva get2siva 31-35, M May 15, 2013

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    I am left handed but was forced to wright right

    handed at school, I got my knuckles hit with a ruler if I picked up a pencil with my left hand, this held me back throughout my school days and adult life now I would love to sue the council that allowed this to happen to me anyone know any good solicitors
    phototed54 phototed54 61-65, M 4 Responses Jan 21, 2014

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    Catholic School

    I was left handed and in 2nd or 3rd grade, I was smacked on my dominant left hand when learning to write cursive. I've heard that when forced to change, it changes some synapses in your brain. To this day, I grip my writing instrument very firmly, and hold it correctly with my...
    lkonshin lkonshin 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 25, 2012

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    Once Left Handed But Was Forced Over To Be Right Handed Thinking It Was Right By Another

    i used to be left handed. i always did things with my left but occasionally was able to use my right hand. later on my ears as i grew up i was forced to be right handed. this is what happened. there was a man that i thought was my real father. no one ever told me he wasnt...
    14mckeev 14mckeev 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 24, 2013

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    I still bear the scars,

    but scars only remind us of where we've been; they don't have to dictate where we're going. It started with my critical, disrespectful, selfish, judgmental, traditional grandmother. She's one of those people who thinks fairy tales and childhood are of the devil. So, being a...
    IAmJustAGhostGirl IAmJustAGhostGirl 13-15, F Feb 4

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    Ambilateral, Not Ambidextrous!

    From my knowledge, and observations of people, true ambidextry does not exist, it's a myth! So-called ambidextrous people are often let-handed forced to adapt, or who were forced to swithc, or badly lateralized people (what can happen, too often with people forced to switch...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jul 7, 2009

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    Forced To Write With My Right..

    I was also born a lefty and told only to use my right. I remember when learning to write my name my mother proceeds to tell me I did it wrong. I told her no I spelled it right mom see. She then tells me no you don't write with your left only your right. That is the incorrect way...
    michal33 michal33 31-35, F 2 Responses Jun 6, 2013

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    Wrong Way To Handle A Left-handed Child

    My father got very upset when he found out that I'm left-handed. I was 2 or 3 years old at the time, scribbling on the walls. My dad offered to let me continue to scribble, provided I use my right hand. Later on, he insisted that I write with the left hand, which I still do to...
    Lefttworight Lefttworight 66-70 Jan 26, 2012

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    Being Forced To Become Right Handed At The Age Of 4

    I was forced to become right handed at the age of four in school by having my left arm held behind my chair. This has had a massive impact on my life ever since. I was unable to read or write until the age of eight when I had one-to-one support. However I still struggled in...
    darkprincess01 darkprincess01 31-35 5 Responses Jul 29, 2010

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    Born Lefty Then Switched Due To Injury

    I was born a leftie as was my father, however when I was quite young and before I began to write much, I was about five I guess, I fell off a horse and broke my left arm. I no sooner got out of the cast than I broke the same arm again by doing a somersault in the front yard the...
    smartiplants smartiplants 51-55 Nov 5, 2012

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    I remember vividly when I was in pre-school (I

    have elephant memory lol) naturally writing with my left hand and my teachers would tell me "No, that's not how you're suppose to write" and literally take their hands on top of mine and make me switch. Since then I now write with my right, I try to practice with my left but my...
    Born2Inspire Born2Inspire 18-21, M 3 Responses May 29, 2014

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    same story as most on here,

    but what are the down sides? or more important the remedy for this<,i am and currently a professional artist,on my spare time trying to learn with my left,is there books on this?i feel this right hand is holding me back in many ways,frustrated
    theothermikewilson theothermikewilson 36-40, M 2 Responses May 29, 2014

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    Overbearing Dad Forced Me To Be Right -handed

    It's nice to find this group and know I'm not the only once who experienced this... So, I don't actually remember my dad forcing me to change hands, but I have put the pieces together and know I was forced to change hands. My handwriting with my right hand is very faint. Of...
    koala84 koala84 26-30, M 1 Response Feb 7, 2013

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    Yup, left handed here, although I bat and play golf right handed..... hmmm, perhaps a tad confused?
    csouls csouls 31-35, M 4 Responses May 7

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    Being left handed ducks sometimes. granted we think differently than others it puts us outside the box so that's a plus but to others we may seem insane. I hate not being able to...
    LUzunov LUzunov 18-21, F 3 Responses May 3

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    Being left handed is hard in martial arts. My karate class had a guest teacher that taught us some boxing. Me, being the only lefty, had to do the 'modified lefty' version of it.
    reivven reivven 13-15, F 1 Response May 3

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    So I got to my dad leaving a nod my sisters and mum wanting me tone a girl. So my mum handed me a dress Image from http://cdn.joules.com/medias/sys_master/8837507579934.jpg...
    Sexyrachel1406 Sexyrachel1406 18-21, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I do nearly everything with my right hand but I prefer to pleasure myself with my left.
    wanker1953 wanker1953 61-65, M 3 Responses May 5

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    Says it all! Left hemisphere dominant (and no, my right bicep is not bigger too!😉)
    PeterSp8 PeterSp8 41-45, M 1 day ago

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    I use my left hand for a lot of stuff except writing. Does that count?
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 12

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    I can not use most scissors. or sit in a school desk. or take a test. or go to theatres and come out sane. why was the word created like this? why, society?!? XD
    PirateZ PirateZ 16-17, T 2 Responses May 1

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    Been that way my whole life
    michelley1999 michelley1999 16-17, F 2 days ago

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    The Whippen of Mass Destruction I hesitate to tell this story. So severe was this punishment, that I fear it will motivate some parent to implement it when they feel they have no...
    phillysteve phillysteve 36-40, M 2 Responses May 17

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    When I was little in the 50's, schools were just beginning to leave lefties alone. I do recall a K-garten teacher taking a crayon from my left hand and putting it in my right. I...
    encore1259 encore1259 61-65, M 1 Response a week ago

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    But am I really? I mean I write with my left hand, but I play sports with my right hand. I use scissors with my right hand. But I cross my left arm over my right, I step off with...
    underlyinghonesty underlyinghonesty 22-25, F 5 Responses May 6

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    I eat and write left handed.. Everything else I adapted to do with my right hand..
    deleted deleted 26-30 May 5

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    Left handed people can only see what they're writing next while right handed people can only see what they've already written. I'm always looking forward not backward :D
    Adventurelegs Adventurelegs 13-15, F 1 Response May 14

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    I'm right handed but I write on a left hand slant!
    JustThatTypicalWhiteGirl JustThatTypicalWhiteGirl 18-21, F 7 Responses 5 days ago

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    People sometimes ask me if it is hard to write left handed, this just confuses me. Anyone else have this happen to them?
    PacirickMoon PacirickMoon 13-15, F 1 Response May 1

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    I'm one of the few people In my family that are left handed
    TheToxicMushroom TheToxicMushroom 41-45, M 1 Response May 13

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    I hope being left handed is a bless ^_^ . i love it.
    sam1992really1 sam1992really1 22-25, M 3 Responses May 16

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    It was the third grade we had just got done with play practice and I noticed this blue velvet hoodie with a jewled butterfly on the back. Now I love to wear girls clothing but know...
    John681 John681 18-21, T 2 days ago

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    I was staying after school to take a test(out for band lessons). After I handed in my test we had a bit of small talk whilst he graded it and I told him I was nervous. He said I...
    ColorGuard270 ColorGuard270 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Darkness shrouded the landscape. Not quite the pitch black of a coffins interior but black enough that the indistinct forms of trees and buildings merged into slightly darker...
    ArnoldJRimmer ArnoldJRimmer 46-50, M Apr 28

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    It's difficult for me to tell my story, I've never fully told anyone; I've never found the right words. I want to try it now. I want to put my feelings down an hope it lifts some...
    LexiDoll LexiDoll 18-21, F 1 Response May 12

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    I am extremely clumsy - I am probably the clumsiest person I know! I am often spilling things, bumping into things etc. I often spill water down my chin, because I'm such a classy...
    pixieowl pixieowl 26-30, F 2 Responses May 11

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