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

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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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    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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    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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    Indianiam Indianiam 22-25, M 2 Responses Jan 20

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    Being left handed is awfully difficult when you're trying to eat a meal on the right side of a right handed person. We always end up hitting elbows!
    whitelight411 whitelight411 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 9

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    I was singled out by my nun teacher in 3rd grade when learning to write cursive. She taped a ruler to my arm so I would write without my arm bending like a right handed person.
    Soozkat Soozkat 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 30

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    I do everything with my right hand. I am thinking about going through a day and trying to use my left hand though. I think if I don't think about it my right hand will take over...
    Raptax231 Raptax231 18-21, M 1 Response a week 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 3 hrs ago

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    Thought: I write with my right hand only yet with a toothbrush I use my left hand to brush teeth. And can I just say, some EP'ers posts were thinking of the right/left hand in a...
    FunnyandNerdy FunnyandNerdy 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 11

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    I can use left hand to write sometimes but my right hand is better.
    Kierstyne Kierstyne 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    Although the only things I do with certainty with my left hand is write and smoke. Everything else goes back and forth between the two.
    mmissy1012 mmissy1012 31-35, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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    As such, many items are a little inconvenient for me. It was also always a little harder for people to teach me certain skills. And the stupid pencil and ink marks all over the...
    Marbo12 Marbo12 26-30, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    to all the leftys out there!
    Fitguy1984 Fitguy1984 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 26

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    Did you know that Kermit the Frog is a lefty too..?
    ConcealedWildheart ConcealedWildheart 13-15 1 Response Aug 26

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    I really like pens for some reason, i own a fountain pen, the tragedy being i can't ever use it because my hand would smudge the wet ink
    xCoinx xCoinx 22-25, M 4 Responses Sep 4

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    I'm ambidextrous actually hahaha
    JalenFrankie616 JalenFrankie616 13-15, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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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 1 day ago

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    I have always been left handed dominantly. I can do five things with my right hand dominantly or really good... wash dishes, brush my teeth, brush my hair, wash my hair and cut my...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    But I grew up with 4 right-handed older brother. So although I'm left handed I play almost all sports right handed. And one of the them had the gal to say when I was a teenager...
    Snowhat Snowhat 31-35, M 6 days ago

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    This is totally random but I'm gonna say it anyway. So most people are right handed but I've been seeing a lot of left handed people lately and it has led me to think of my...
    ThisIsMe83 ThisIsMe83 31-35, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Well you are either right handed or left handed! So what? Sone say left handers think differently
    Thesoutherner Thesoutherner 66-70, M 3 Responses Sep 14

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    How many lefties around? It feels good to be left handed , maybe something special about being the odd one amongst right handers I think lol - kidding - it's not a thing of mine...
    stephenrko stephenrko 31-35, M 5 Responses Sep 3

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    I'm right handed but I kind of want to be able to write with my left hand too. I used to practice with my left but it still sucked xD
    laurynnm43 laurynnm43 16-17, F Sep 7

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    Y yes, indeed, I am :D ... Yet I wanna be left handed so bad....... My left hand is still in the training stage ..... :P
    rosey20 rosey20 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 30

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    I only write with my right-hand. The rest I'm left-handed.
    DiscoNight1970s DiscoNight1970s 46-50, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I am learning to be ambidextrous, but with all my school work I haven't been able to practice the writing aspect so much, however with most sports, especially basketball, I...
    SacredLoaf SacredLoaf 13-15, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    Kids today have no kind of freedom whatsoever. I feel because of the generation I was born in I am weaker and less prepared for adult life. I don't know how to make decisions for...
    Thatonegirl53 Thatonegirl53 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 31

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    But I play guitar, bowl and golf right handed
    Jawzenator Jawzenator 31-35, M 3 Responses Sep 8

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    One of my biggest complaints about being left handed if flipping through magazines. It feels so much more natural for me to start from the back and flip to the front. Do any other...
    myowncreation74 myowncreation74 36-40, F 4 Responses Sep 9

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    I am the only one in my family that is left handed.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    I'm always have problem using scissors or other stuff because I'm left-handed.
    behnam11 behnam11 13-15, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Hi all  Yes, I was bullied, I’m 21 and guess what? I continue to be bullied. I won’t go into the details of my past but I’ll give you a summary. Bullied from school days...
    Larutan Larutan 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 10

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    Phone Folly! At one point we girls ran up such a phone bill that my parents told us in no uncertain terms we were not to use the phone without asking permission. Needless to say...
    Jilly53 Jilly53 56-60, F 2 Responses Aug 29

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