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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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...
    okc15 okc15 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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    when I was in first grade, I could write with both hands. my teacher hated that and was mean to me. my mom confronted her and I had to choose a hand to write with because the the...
    trying2breakfree trying2breakfree 36-40, F Feb 7

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    We shall rise above the oppressive Rightist Society and conquer. No more Rightist scissors. No more writing from left to right. And no more Rightist instruments! Lefties shall rule...
    kawaiishit kawaiishit 18-21, F 7 Responses Feb 7

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    Left hand left brain rocks! artistic creative passionate
    thebladeisbae0718 thebladeisbae0718 13-15, F 1 Response Feb 6

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    Yess being righthanded so lame :)
    fauxlady fauxlady 22-25, F 19 Responses Feb 7

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    cool!!! one of the things that I find fascinating in a person. ;)
    trAnSyLvanIanconcuBinE trAnSyLvanIanconcuBinE 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 19

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    only thing I hate bout being a lefty is I have bad handwriting
    nicdewald88 nicdewald88 26-30, M 6 Responses 4 days ago

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    seems as strange experience can't see why its something you'd be proud off. I'm not a left handed person BTW I'm right handed but I don't see myself saying "I'm right handed and I...
    iainfast iainfast 31-35, M 1 Response Feb 7

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    I am left handed and I am proud of it, Although I can't do much with my right hand I am still proud being a lefty. I know being a lefty has lots of disadvantages, but those...
    RedThatDescribesMe RedThatDescribesMe 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 7

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    All. The. Time. I had pain in my right shoulder and I just posted that it was my left. Don't ask me which one of my ears is bad, I've forgotten that. Was it my left because he was...
    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 5 Responses Feb 18

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    Why in 2015 is this such a big deal to people?? I really don't get it..reach for a pen and it's like "WOW I didn't know you were left handed" "god I never know HOW you people WRITE...
    Blondiex15 Blondiex15 36-40, F 39 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am right handed, haven't ever really been able to use my left hand for normal functions, sometimes I'll eat with a fork with my left hand but that is about it, totally right...
    beenhereb4 beenhereb4 22-25, F Feb 16

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    I have always been left handed and somehow have the tendency to spot lefties even if they have not directly indicated their preference. I play piano and am strong in my right hand...
    zen001 zen001 22-25, M 1 Response Feb 3

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    its a pain sometimes. "You are a lefty? im pretty sure ive seen yoy write with your right hand before!" nope, cant do it. it honestly makes life a bit more inconvenient. in gym...
    MrHello1 MrHello1 18-21, M Feb 8

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    That is correct! I am right handed , but I can function with my left hand like I use my left hand to catch baseballs and other odd tasks (Keep Your Mind Clean) . But 95% it's my...
    TreDaeOne87 TreDaeOne87 18-21, M 1 Response Feb 17

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    the only thing i do not like bout being left handed is when teachers have us sit at tables at school or desks that are set side by side and I'm on the right side of a right hander...
    sassygirl15 sassygirl15 13-15, F 11 Responses Feb 6

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    I'm left hander living in right hand world. I'm proud to be left handed. :)
    horneybear79912 horneybear79912 36-40, M Feb 6

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    Well a Quaker actually. Which is loosely Christian. Then I, after encountering many other "religious" Christians from Catholics to Methodists to Pentecostals in my life, then went...
    paleryder paleryder 51-55, M Feb 21

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    Interesting 'fact' 12% of twins are left-handed
    valprewater valprewater 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 21

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    my friends and i was going to a baby shower but ended up going to Walmart. My oldest friend who is now 20 now my other friend is 19 now and i am is 17 but goes in Walmart like we...
    niyah34 niyah34 18-21, F Feb 9

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    My parents got a divorce before I turned one. My mom wanted to stay sober and my dad relapsed. I lived with my grandmother and father consistently until I was five years old. My...
    SapphicMinion SapphicMinion 26-30, F 21 Responses Feb 20

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    I've been working as an AP Clerk/Bookkeeper for 10 months now and I already hate my job - my husband even hates it because it is making me miserable and depressed. This is my...
    BuzzingBeauty BuzzingBeauty 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 5

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    1. I don't always push my lips out when I sip a drink. 2. I hiccup if I laugh a lot or laugh hard. 3. I am mostly left-handed and a little bit right-handed. 4. I chew my food...
    nsquaredmeanshartspaired nsquaredmeanshartspaired 36-40, F 9 hrs ago

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    I bought my first pack of cigarettes when I was 19 (in 2009). That's how I tried my very first cigarette. I loved it! I smoked more and more. I smoked about a half pack a day until...
    MommysGotTats420 MommysGotTats420 22-25, F 4 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    10% of the world is a lefty. Sigh, the righties don't know the struggle at all. The lack of left-handed school tables and the trouble of eating at the table, bumping your elbow...
    yourpetmuzzie yourpetmuzzie 18-21, M Feb 16