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

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    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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    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 70+ Jan 26, 2012

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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

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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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    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 56-60, M 4 Responses Jan 21

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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 4 Responses May 29

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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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    Indianiam Indianiam 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 1 Response Jun 6, 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 5 Responses Dec 14, 2012

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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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    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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    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 4 Responses Jul 29, 2010

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    Related Experiences

    Apparently left handed people tend to be more artistic and of higher average intelligence than right handers. There's probably a killer punchline to that too but hey.... can't...
    Riffster Riffster 51-55, M 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    If the left half of the brain controls the right side of the body, then only left-handers are in their right minds!
    Noseferatu91 Noseferatu91 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 22

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    I have recently got stitches I. My right hand, so I have had to learn how to do things what my left hand! At first everything was hard but I found out the the one thing I don't do...
    shimath shimath 13-15, F 6 Responses Aug 3

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    Whenever I try using my left hand to do just about anything my right hand normally does it doesn't turn out well.:c
    blackbirdfly84 blackbirdfly84 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 2

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    People ask me how I write with my left hand...lol how do you write with your right hand?!?!!
    MacabreCannibal MacabreCannibal 16-17, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    Well the guy i thought i loved said " i love you" first and i said it back once we got that out of the way he started calling first and i was all happy then one day he stopped...
    destinylightskin destinylightskin 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 21

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    But I ********** with my left hand. No idea why!
    Wulfstan Wulfstan 70+, M 5 Responses Jul 27

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    Funny story: I tried to write with my left hand lol but it didn't turn out the way I wanted it to be. Haha Oops.
    Faithlovee Faithlovee 16-17, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Left, gauche!I'm a lefty!Southpaw in boxing.A scorpion southpaw.......
    Shintaro95 Shintaro95 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    August 13th is International Left Handers Day. Suck it righty! It's all about us once a year.
    Lefty39 Lefty39 46-50, M 3 Responses Aug 12

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    Today is National Left Handers day!! I reckon we are appreciated! XD
    BookWonderer BookWonderer 13-15, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    THE FACT:
    jemdl21 jemdl21 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 21

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    Lefty since birth. The way I use spoon and fork, my hand position in writing etc. except for the mouse. Being lefty is my asset. :)
    smjuap21 smjuap21 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 21

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    hey all ! ... this is important and big. can i have a small time of yours, just little.. few minutes.. i sign up here around a year back to share my story with people and i did. i...
    heartless2 heartless2 22-25, M Jul 22

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    When it comes to me and scissors no one wins...
    autumnwinds20 autumnwinds20 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 4

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    I write with both hands, but why should anyone care? seriously?
    Ennah Ennah 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 4

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    Makes using a fountain pen a bugger!
    Riffster Riffster 51-55, M 3 days ago

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    The awesome feeling you get from writing so neatly until it starts to smudge -_- Joys of a lefty. Loud and proud though! :)
    awokensheepislittlebopeep awokensheepislittlebopeep 22-25, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    About a year ago. Somehow I survived but my life changed for ever. The other driver wasn't one of those fabled 'drunk drivers' or anyone textnig. Just someone who made a...
    Skinsation Skinsation 46-50 Aug 12

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    I have a friend whose daughter was born with a learning disability. Compounding this was the fact her daughter was left-handed and she was right-handed. When it was time to go to...
    minimeowz minimeowz 61-65, F 4 Responses Jul 22

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    I do most everything right-handed but play hockey left-handed. That's a Canadian quirk - maybe a non-American quirk. I normally bat only right-handed but I can switch-hit...
    MrCute514 MrCute514 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 3

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    I remember when I was in elementary school... Some kids teased me saying the left hand was the hand of the Devil. Ah ha ha ha! They would say I was a demon or damned. They would...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive 18-21, F 28 Responses a week ago

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    I want to be left handed though because not very many people are left handed compared to the amount of right handed people.
    Mahsa99 Mahsa99 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 30

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    I only write with my right hand. Do everything with my left-handed. I'm a bit unusual friendly person. Sometimes, I will write backward with my left hand too. I don't remembered...
    cats8 cats8 46-50, F 20 hrs ago

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    I am right handed but was taught how to tie my shoe left handed by my uncle...lol Everything I do mostly is with my right hand.
    Krimsonraine Krimsonraine 41-45, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    Are we really just 10% of the population??? Now I feel awfully special! Mostly I'm left handed, with certain things I can do right handed, these don't translate well however.. xD
    MissxSioux MissxSioux 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 26

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    "Approximately 2,500 left handed people die a year as a result of using equipment designed for right handed people." Well, then..... O-O
    BookWonderer BookWonderer 13-15, F Jul 29

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    Oh dear: More than 2500 left handed people are killed each year due to using right handed products. That bodes well for all us lefties, huh?
    ForeverIsOver ForeverIsOver 13-15, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I think it would be cool if I was both left and right handed than I can paint my right hand pretty as well
    90paradise 90paradise 16-17, F 3 Responses Aug 4

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    I am everything right handed my left hand is not that good.
    MagicMan15 MagicMan15 13-15, M Jul 29

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