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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Oh the things my right hand does to my left hand ...it's like children fighting over candy ...so my left hand is holding something in place as my right whacks it with a hammer and...
    joophomme joophomme 46-50, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I remember kindergarten. Only one boy was allowed to use his left hand to write. When anyone else tried they were corrected to use their right only.
    charlene0712 charlene0712 41-45, F 4 Responses 1 day ago

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    I'm actually more of a righty than lefty but i can write with both, slightly faster and more accurate with my right hand.
    XxPwningN3RD2xX XxPwningN3RD2xX 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 15

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    based off experience or myth I am either intelligent to a high magnitude or cursed... hmmmm, both relate to me.
    Daivancey Daivancey 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 29

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    What bugs me the most , when I hear people saying some silly comments to me because of the way I write the " tick "
    TheSilentYell TheSilentYell 18-21 1 Response Apr 1

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    Anyone else having the same problem? :p
    SugarAndStrawberries SugarAndStrawberries 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    Have been all my life! Always smearing my writing dragging my hand lol
    funguy4you funguy4you 26-30, M 5 Responses Apr 16

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    i am 33 year old jobless lusher man
    mritunjay0 mritunjay0 31-35, M 5 days ago

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    Most annoying thing I've been told is "wow you write really nice for a lefty."
    CollegeGirlNYC CollegeGirlNYC 18-21, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I am left handed and very proud of it, but what really irks me is when people see me pick up a pen, or anything else with my left hand and exclaim "I didn't know you were left...
    NothingButASmile NothingButASmile 22-25, F 8 Responses 5 days ago

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    I read someone's experience on this site that was scapegoated as a child. I come from a large family of six and in it there were two golden children and two scapegoats. My father...
    RhondaGail RhondaGail 61-65, F Apr 8

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    Growing up in the 80's in the UK, I experienced something which would be unthinkable now. Looking back, I'm quite angry about it. At school, as a leftie, I obviously used my left...
    EarthWalkerMan EarthWalkerMan 31-35, M 5 Responses Apr 1

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    A substitue at my high school once asked me if i was right handed and exclaimed that its amazing that a leftie can right like a right handed person. :/
    Eve34 Eve34 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    Since I was a kid, I used to adjust my positioning to write since the schools I attended were packed/over-crowded and also re-adjust to use right-handed tools. I can write in...
    eclipxelow eclipxelow 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    my lil-5-years old sister is left handed. It changes me. She ask me to teach her how to write.. How can I teach her? I'm not left handed. Yeah, I'm started from scratch. Back to...
    jalanyanglurus jalanyanglurus 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    I am left handed. most people I know are right handed
    savannaD14 savannaD14 13-15, F 8 Responses Mar 31

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    My left hand hurts 😂💁..... How do you right handed people write ??
    Javier09 Javier09 13-15, M 4 Responses Mar 26

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    I put myself through college by waittressing and I was always surprised by how many people commented on my left handed writing.. Customers and such. I started telling people...
    mg75 mg75 36-40, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    I am left handed ,but in somethings I am ambidextrous.I was very dyslexic as a child and most dislexics are left handed .
    nakednudist nakednudist 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 6

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    I am right handed for the most part. From time to time I will use my left, to brush my teeth, playing sports, writing, and typing on my phone, once in a while. By using both hands...
    Kman4You Kman4You 36-40, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    4/5 people in the world are right handed, so being a lefty is very special indeed :-)
    imasweetheart imasweetheart 13-15, F 2 Responses 4 hrs ago

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    It’s been over nine years since I was kidnapped and turned into a pet. After I opened up to my first wife on Halloween she told me it might help me to right down everything that...
    PrinceBloodlust PrinceBloodlust 18-21, M Mar 28

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    KAIJU The whole experience of a band is something striking, you live and breathe together. You work, cry, laugh and eventually die together. My time with LA based band Kaiju was...
    thomasxoxo thomasxoxo 18-21, M 1 Response Apr 7

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