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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    what do you guys do with tbat left hand lol
    herejustlivinglife herejustlivinglife 22-25, M 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    The dilemma of anyone who isn't ambidextrous, you use only one hand a ton times more than the other... My left arm looks like a skinny little noodle, my right arm is muscular and...
    iamFrightened iamFrightened 18-21, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Yes I am and do nearly all the tasks required with that hand. But i do prefer the left hand when it comes to playtime
    willylover1 willylover1 61-65, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    but i use my left to release tension....What? gutter minds ...when cranking my wrench ......Come on now? you know turning it up and down to straighten out the screw....you guys and...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 41-45, M 2 days ago

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    So is my dad and brother. My pop wad ambidextrous
    nicky242 nicky242 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 9

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    So the reason that I am ambidextrous is because I was forced around the age of 10 to become right-handed, because my parents were stupid and believed that "it's a right handed...
    DrummerBoyMatt DrummerBoyMatt 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 19

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    The world is set up for right handed people... We lefties have to learn to fit in, consequently, We are usually very good problem solvers... I once worked in an Engineering group...
    bison6446 bison6446 56-60, M 7 Responses Dec 1

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    Lefties may use their heads slightly differently from righties, the research suggests. For example, one Australian study found left-handed people access both hemispheres of their...
    NewBeginnings77 NewBeginnings77 31-35, F Dec 7

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    I am a pretty smart person at certain things but to some people who don't know me I am probably the dumbest person on earth lol when I was younger and taking drivers ed with the...
    Cheygirl22 Cheygirl22 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 10

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    It all started when I was 10 I had 2 sisters Anna and amy. They are 1 year a part. When our parents went to LA Anna the oldest was in charge. The first thing she told me to do I go...
    Hazelnut1234 Hazelnut1234 18-21, T 3 Responses Nov 26

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    The struggle is real. The whole language thing is against us lefties because whenever we write, whether we use a pencil or a pen, it gets all over the side of our hand. As...
    anonandeveryone anonandeveryone 18-21, F 6 Responses Nov 25

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    And darn proud of it too. Plus study's show left handed people have a shorter life 😕
    monty95 monty95 13-15, M 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    If I had a quarter for every time I screwed up giving people directions and a dollar each time my mom yelled at me for having to do the 'L' trick with my hands I would be filthy...
    anonandeveryone anonandeveryone 18-21, F Nov 26

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    Yupppp I am left handed so yea
    internallybroken internallybroken 16-17, M Nov 28

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    After a couple or a few months of being spanked and raped, my two kidnappers came in followed by two other men who id never seen before, the first guy then said that they were...
    17yroldgirl 17yroldgirl 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 6

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    I was kidnapped about two years for about ten months i havrnt been able to tqlk about what happened since, i ready to share. it was a hot day and i was on the way to my friends...
    17yroldgirl 17yroldgirl 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 5

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    59th post. A few years back I used to work for a major insurance company. I had just gotten a transfer into the city, and I had been appointed to the new position of a learning and...
    rana3434 rana3434 36-40, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    I was in my sophomore year of college. I called my mother on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving to tell her I wouldn't be making the three and a half hour drive home. It had...
    MoniqueinSpring MoniqueinSpring 56-60, F 6 Responses Dec 2

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    Again, excuse the awkward wordings to get around the censors, but it won't let me post this story without them. I was in one for six days in February, and then they forced me to...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 7

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    'If you buy that motorcycle, don't come home!' I was told at age seventeen. I had saved eight hundred dollars to buy a friend's road-trail motorcycle and just needed to pass the...
    softgreenhourglass softgreenhourglass 36-40, M 4 Responses Nov 24

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    It was through my daughter I learned to love. Until that moment I didn't understand what it meant to love, a most unselfish of emotions. She made what had been dark, light. I knew...
    EverlyAnn EverlyAnn 31-35, F Nov 20

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    1-I'm a male,though that term has some connotations I don't share. 2-I was born in July 9th,1987. 3-I like overthinking about anything. 4-I have always been a very hard sleeper...
    theWolfUndertheMoon theWolfUndertheMoon 22-25 Dec 6

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    Turned My Sports Loving Son into a Prissy Girly Girl Here is an amazing letter from a one of my favorite petticoating moms Rhonda. Like most women she was not aware of the...
    radicalfeminist radicalfeminist 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 29

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    I got caught this morning at the grocery store. I was caught red-handed making a puckered lip face complete with squinted eyes and leaning out of an isle to retain sight of a...
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    Started when I was a kid in boyscouts. When I was 8, I outscored EVERY SINGLE other kid in camp. I could fire left handed, right handed, compound, recurve, longbow, you name it. I...
    leptar leptar 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 19

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    I am struggling with my teenage son and I am interested to see if there are any unique Mother/Son Dual personalities like mine! My birthday is Aug. 23rd and my 13 year old son was...
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    Wednesday, December 17, 2014...Today I'm wearing black CIN-2 dual hand briefs. These briefs have a fly that can be accessed either right handed or left handed. They're pretty...
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