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

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 90 People

    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Everyone is born right-handed, only the gifted overcome it. It's a left-handed thang ....you wouldn't understand..✌️😎👍
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