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

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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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    Indianiam Indianiam 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    I write with my right but I play sports and do everything else with my left hand and left foot. Anyone else?
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    I can't write with the left hand but, I'm good at painting both of my nails with both hands. Awesome, right?
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    I do everything with my left hand or foot (play sports etc) except for write. I write with my right. Anyone else?
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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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    I truly am, and to the point that my left hand is good for nothing.. not even to rub my c*!t ;P
    donotfollowme donotfollowme 26-30, F 13 Responses Jul 2

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    I try to use my left too though. I heard it helps use more of your brain muscles and so I try to do it as much as possible, brushing my teeth, throwing a ball, picking my nose LOL...
    AlbuquerqueJay AlbuquerqueJay 31-35, M Jul 16

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    But I ********** with my left hand. No idea why!
    Wulfstan Wulfstan 70+, M 5 Responses 4 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 3 days ago

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    I really want to learn violin but there are hardly any violins for south paw especially in my size :( Guess I'll never be able to play violin.
    Brokenhurricane Brokenhurricane 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    I avoid writing with gel pens or any pen which dispense ink rapidly because I smudge my words as I go along.
    Noseferatu91 Noseferatu91 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 16

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    THE FACT:
    smilejem smilejem 16-17, F 3 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 5 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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    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 1 Response Jul 22

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    It all started when I was working at Shoneys. I was talking to one of my co-workers, Cheri, who later became a good friend of mine. I can't remember what exactly was said but she...
    Blake00048 Blake00048 18-21, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I'm A Lefty But Do Sports Right Handed. I've always been left handed it is annoying I admit. Sitting next to people in school right handed bumping into each other. I can be the...
    lela201465 lela201465 16-17, F 4 Responses Jul 10

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    I'm right handed. Always have been. When my right hand gets tired I just use my left without a problem. It's weird holding a pen with my left hand xD I'm practicing to use my left...
    Liv4Life Liv4Life 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11

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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 1 day ago

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    I'm Right handed in terms of writing, drawing and etc all my life. If my right hand is cut off, its the END of my world. O___O.. XD just kidding.I would still have one hand left...
    RubyR21 RubyR21 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 11

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    I am right handed. There is hell loads I can write here, isn't there! (sarcasm). Anyway. Yes I write with my right hand. However, no matter what it's strength may be, my right...
    InternationalDarkness InternationalDarkness 13-15, F Jul 20

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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 5 days ago

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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 2 days ago

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    I use to be left handed when i was younger. Now im right
    LeviCroll LeviCroll 13-15, F 5 Responses Jul 8

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    I'm right handed. I can't write with my left hand to save my life.
    alyssabay alyssabay 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 14

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    I am everything right handed my left hand is not that good.
    Magicfan1110 Magicfan1110 13-15, M 2 days ago

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    I hate sitting to the right of a right handed person when eating. I always end up bumping elbows -_-
    matteo95 matteo95 18-21, M 4 Responses 2 days ago

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    YESSSSSSSSSSSSS I AM NOT ALONE!! I swear i always was the only left handed kid in class. in my family. ,_, omg left handed tribe.. brothers.. sisters... *Group hugs* I felt so lost...
    1Lostcause 1Lostcause 16-17, T 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    well.. i used to be left handed till they changed it in school :/
    paradox14 paradox14 31-35, M 2 Responses Jul 6

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