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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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    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 22-25, M Sep 13, 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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    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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    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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    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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    Indianiam Indianiam 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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 16-17, F May 2, 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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    I used to be ambidextrous when I was a child growing up I gradually started to only write with my left, shout out to the 10%.😂
    ninzaxo ninzaxo 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 1

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    When I was little and learning to write I made up a rhyme to remind me lol "I write with my right cause my right writes right"
    Kanpe Kanpe 16-17, M Mar 31

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    And it's my excuse for being a little off-centered.
    LittleLilly7 LittleLilly7 31-35, F 2 Responses Apr 2

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    Those elusive green scissors in elementary school forced me to just learn the right-handed way to cut in ragged, uneven ways. My papers hopelessly smeared, along with the side of...
    NaughtyAngelOnFire NaughtyAngelOnFire 41-45, F 9 Responses a week ago

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    The afternoon after my adopted father was arrested my 11 year old sister finally came out of her bedroom . She looked AWFUL. Cuts,bruises,welts. And she was holding her left arm in...
    UnwantedMutt UnwantedMutt 22-25, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    I always see artists being left handed. Of course, this was saddening at a small age that I might not be a great artist just because I am right handed. Although I knew better, I...
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    I do everything except bat right handed. When I play fast pitch softball I have to bat left handed because I can't see the ball fast enough on my right side. It's weird but true.
    alexis05 alexis05 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 30

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    I used to be left handed, but my school taught me to be right handed. I don't mind. ;) Just weird though, I had to practice.
    littlejxoxo littlejxoxo 22-25, F 4 Responses Apr 10

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    I'm left handed, but I do everything except write with my right hand.
    TheBlazingRedAugust TheBlazingRedAugust 18-21, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I used to cut my left arm only because I was right handed. I did it for quite some time.. I did it because of breakups or complications in a relationship with a guy such as arguing...
    Icantcutanymore Icantcutanymore 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    I recall one teacher in particular who would bully me as I was left handed, this was based on their religious beliefs.
    riandj riandj 41-45, M 6 Responses Mar 24

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    I experienced sitting in a chair for left-handed people only once so far in my life and I want to sit in one again :)
    13robert13 13robert13 13-15, M Apr 5

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    Every art teacher I've ever had has jokingly told me I must be a naturally talented artist because I'm left handed.
    DelicateLion29 DelicateLion29 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Someday, we, left-handed people, shall end the discrimination, dominate this world and rewrite history as we like! Mark my words, we have already started.
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