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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Indianiam Indianiam 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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 18-21, F May 2, 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Well I use my right hand for many things. I try to use both so one won't be stronger than the other because what if your right hand is busy with something and you've always used...
    Stormbreaker101 Stormbreaker101 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 25

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    Yup aha my mom is the only lefty in our fam of 5. I want to do more with my left hand though jus in case i ever lose my right lool
    surfdas surfdas 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 12

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    I remember being the only leftie in kindergarden. The teachers would strap a coarse rubberband around my left hand and snap it each time I wrote with it. I remember crying just...
    Seclusion Seclusion 22-25, M 5 Responses 4 days ago

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    When i was young, my dad did all he could to get me to write with my right hand!
    Pdfreen Pdfreen 56-60, M 1 Response Sep 22

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    I try and write with my left hand and it just looks like a baby tried drawing lmao
    Anth9012 Anth9012 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 11

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    I've dated two lefties and would often just watch them draw or write and get turned on. I noticed this guy in my algebra class who is beautiful beyond belief and saw that he is a...
    PepperGrrrl6669 PepperGrrrl6669 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 28

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    I'm a lefty and i can barely write. it hurts too badly and my writing is illegible. thank God for technology!
    Luckycharm2014 Luckycharm2014 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 21

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    Don't you just hate when you try to write so perfectly and in the end you get those streaks and smudges on the paper and some ink on your hand.
    lonelydinosaur lonelydinosaur 26-30, F 5 Responses Sep 29

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    if ambidextrous counts then yes
    MrFoe MrFoe 13-15, M 2 Responses Oct 5

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    And I can't write with a pen without smearing ink all over the paper and my hand idk how the talented southpaws pull that off. Any tips?
    Saphic33 Saphic33 26-30, F 10 Responses Oct 12

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    The problem only lefties understand....the way that everytime we write the side of our hand gets dyed with pencil or pen....
    racc000n racc000n 22-25, F 7 Responses 4 days ago

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    In elementary school, I started off writing with my right hand up until 2nd grade where I switched from my right hand to my left. One day, a teacher observed me writing and sent me...
    KoalaClawsKill KoalaClawsKill 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    It always amazes me when people are like .."Wow you're left handed" or "I didn't know you were left handed" .. I mean gone are the days when left hander's were restrained and...
    WanderingxYingxYang WanderingxYingxYang 46-50, F 3 Responses 14 hrs ago

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    I was one of those true left handers - difficult birth - then they taught me to do things with my hands, and I did it backwards with the other hand. Writing came next, but they had...
    blackoberon blackoberon 46-50, M 2 Responses Sep 25

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    I am right handed, always have been, the only thing i can really do with my left is type lol i can hardly hold a pen never mind write lol and left handed people generally tend to...
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 9

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    I'm right handed, so I usually put my keys in my right pocket. That means whenever I am carrying a bunch of stuff into someplace with a locked door, I end up carrying the stuff in...
    zmc67 zmc67 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 2

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    I'm left handed and some people think we're odd or evil but I'm Christian and most of my friends are right handed but i have more moral sense then they do.
    steeleo steeleo 16-17, M 3 Responses Sep 28

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    I lay in my bed this morning thinking about it all. Every last little detail of what happened. Then I realized I was thinking about it.. and I started to think about why I was...
    bubblefishkiss bubblefishkiss 26-30, F Sep 25

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    One Dare too many! During my time at school I could never believe my capacity for getting into trouble. Like the time we were playing Dares before a music lesson. We had an...
    Jilly53 Jilly53 56-60, F 4 Responses Oct 3

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    I am left handed bruh. ppl always on my **** because of it
    tommyyy321 tommyyy321 16-17, M Sep 29

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    Some people say that left handed people are good in arts. I guess I'm unfortunate because I suck at it.
    CM04 CM04 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 8

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    I am a lefty and i'm proud of it!! Just too bad some things are hard to find for left handed people. But it makes me well.... me.
    Crazycoral84 Crazycoral84 26-30, M 15 hrs ago

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    Last night was so weird...like OMG I dreamt I was having s*x with my ex... We were like.. Sitting in his huge chair playing videos games together and I lost and I acted sad, and...
    MaciP MaciP 16-17, F 1 Response 17 hrs ago

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    1) My name is Lorraine and I'm 26. 2) I live in England and was born in the best capital city (to me) in the world. 3) I read the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer. 4) I love...
    teabookbliss teabookbliss 26-30, F 3 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    I am a Creative Writer. I write fictional stories about anything and everything. I'm pretty sure I've always been a writer. Even when I was in kindergarten, my teacher had us...
    directioner600 directioner600 13-15, F Oct 5

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    1. The first time i wrote this it was a little depressing so im writing a second one 2. My names stefanie 3. I was born in 1997 4. i was also born in December 5. I have two younger...
    wishingforrecovery wishingforrecovery 16-17, F 13 hrs ago

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    For as long as I remember, My earliest memory was flying or floating through the sky. I have a strong memory of being "guided" through a mist by "someone" and flying through the...
    fliconmigo fliconmigo 41-45, F Oct 6

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    1. I have two brothers and two sisters. 2. I'm the second youngest in my family. 3. I have two best friends and we end up doing the weirdest things together like dancing to...
    channy205 channy205 16-17, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    Here's what's new. I left my last job that I only had for 4 months. The bosses started treating me like absolute crap on a daily basis and 2 of the other girls I worked with. They...
    ButterflyGirl9521 ButterflyGirl9521 18-21, F Oct 5

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    Well, this is sad but true. When I was young, under 18, I smoked pot a few times but had never even seen cocaine, heroin, meth or any of the other hardcore stuff. With the...
    QuickandtheDead QuickandtheDead 46-50, M Oct 6

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