Heads up left-handed people, scientists say you are quite exceptional!

Are you left-handed? If you are, here’s some good news for you: according to science, you are exceptional!

If you look back on history, you will find that left-handedness was viewed as a weakness that needed to be worked on. Back in the day, left-handed students were forced to write with their right hands to “correct” this “problem.”

Two decades ago, there were even studies suggesting that left-handed people die earlier and were more prone to accidents.

Writing with a left hand

To be honest, though, this isn’t the lefties’ fault; it’s just difficult to live in a world built for right-handed folks. Take, for example, doors, can openers, and scissors – these everyday items are made for the right hand.

But don’t fret! Turns out, there are some serious perks to being a leftie. Read on for some delightful facts about left-handedness. 

A portrait of Albert Einstein

Although there isn’t a definitive answer to why left-handed people exist, there’s a theory saying that it could be inherited from the mother’s side of the family. Another speculation is that if testosterone levels in the womb are higher, there is a greater chance that the baby will be left-handed. Other research has found that twins are twice as likely to have dominant left hands.

More interestingly, doctors can tell if a baby is going to be left-handed through an ultrasound. Since 90% of babies move their right arm or suck on their right thumb in the womb, it’s pretty easy to identify who will become lefties.

Lefties are also more likely to be skilled in sports. In fact, about 25% of MLB players have dominant left hands. Besides baseball, left-handed people also have an advantage in interactive sports like tennis, badminton, and boxing. Left-handed athletes move differently, and their right-handed opponents tend to be thrown off by these because they’re unsure how to react.

A baseball player pitching

Left-handers are also believed to be excellent problem solvers. Scientists say that lefties are better at coming up with out-of-the-box solutions to a problem. Because of this ability, they are also most likely to pursue careers related to art, science, and technology.

Famous left-handers who have made names for themselves in those fields include Marie Curie, Bob Dylan, Pablo Picasso, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Paul McCartney, Bill Gates, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, and Angelina Jolie. It’s an impressive lineup indeed!

Although this one is quite inconclusive, lefties are said to be better thinkers. However, knowing that Albert Einstein, former President Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Neil Armstrong are all left-handed makes us think this theory might be accurate.

Julia Roberts sitting on a wooden chair

Also, left-handers make up 20% of MENSA, the world’s oldest and largest society of people with high IQs.

Lastly, research also suggests that left-handed men are likely to earn more because of their ability to process information quickly. According to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the earning power of highly-educated left-handed men was 15% higher than that of their right-handed peers.

Do you know any left-handed people, or are you left-handed yourself? Let us know your thoughts about the points described above, and don’t forget to share this article with your family and friends!

28 thoughts on “Heads up left-handed people, scientists say you are quite exceptional!”

  1. In school they forced me to write right handed. I am ambidextrous. I bowled lefty and would throw a ball left handed. I did well in art and crafts. But at 86, I have more pain in my left arm than my right, because I would tend to use the left more. Oh, well, such is life.

  2. Left handed when I was in kindergarten they tried making me write with my right hand my parents were pissed needless to say we moved so I was no longer in that school.

  3. I am left handed. But I inherited it from my dad’s side of the family. I am a vet tech. I do prefer animals over peopls. I am artistic, musical, athletic.

  4. My husband and are both lefties. Both of our children ended up being righties! Made for a good time trying to teach them anything using their hands! 😉

  5. Proud lefty here! Eldest child also a lefty, we’re both creative. I work in I.T and live to think I am a good problem solver at least! 🙂

  6. Agreed with everything but the sports, for me anyway. I have never excelled or was even proficient in sports.
    But the problem solving skills… now that is where I shine.

  7. My grandmother was left handed and I’m a leftie too.I am creative and do arts and crafts. No one ever tried to change me,thank goodness. Lefties are great people.

  8. I’m a lefty but throw, kick, bat and play guitar r/handed. My grandfather believed it was a sign of the devil to be l/handed and “tried fighting my Mother to make me use my right hand but with NO success! I mirror wrote until age 7 and I do find I’m a quick problem solver and Love being creative! Out of my family and 6 brothers & sisters I am the only lefty.

  9. My father was left handed. He tried his best to make sure I was not left handed. I believe it was because like the article said people thought it made you inferior, he didn’t want me to live what he endured.
    Good thing about it is that I can do a lot of things with my left and right hand.

  10. Me too! (Left hand up) I’ve learned to embrace being different. Teachers never tried to stop me using my left hand, but everything else that had nothing to do with school or education. They missed out on my creativity and problem solving skills. I’m into art, music, and feel invigorated when given investigatory projects at work. I’ll now be on the lookout for the 15% earnings😉. And honestly I think lefties are much nicer and caring people.

  11. Left handed ness was passed from my father who was left handed. No one in my mother’s family is left handed. My older brother is left handed as am I. My younger brother is no but has 2 left handed children. My nay child is ambidextrous and my older brother’s only child is left handed.

  12. I am mostly a leftie, I write left handed yet played softball right handed but needed to catch the ball and throw the ball left handed. That just became awkward when wearing a mitt!! I eat right handed with knife and fork but left handed with a soup and dessert spoon? I consider myself arty and love sport . I was an only child. I am right eye dominant which is also weird?

  13. I too, am a leftie. So were my mother and brother. I have always been creative, My education was in the arts. I like to be organized, and think over every situation coming up with the best solution. I see Beyond the Box, and am always decorating. As for sports, not my thing.
    I should mention that my Grade 5 teacher (Witch!!) did everything that she could to make me switch. The entire class was afraid of her. I waited until I was finished my year before I told my parents. (She would certainly have picked on me worse if my parents had reported her.) My parents were horrified to learn that I had lived with this quietly that entire year!!

  14. My kindergarten teacher tied my left hand behind my back, but thankfully my Mom came to school the next day and read her and the Principal the riot act. Literally screaming at them “If you don’t like how God created my child you are going to have big problems with ME!” I stink at sports but have been en excellent problem solver in my career in IT and Air Traffic Control and I am a lifetime artist. Right handed tools drive me nuts…those scissors, etc. Thankfully there are specialty stores now.

  15. I Am the youngest of 9, and the only leftie. 2 of my 3 kids are lefties. Many people have told me I think differently and yes creative!

  16. I am a leftie…….I always told my kids using both sides of the brain is unique to a leftie……..
    Glad to hear we all agree lefties are special creatures.

  17. I am ambidextrous. Anything standing up… right handed. Everything else, …LEFTY. Thank God the nuns didn’t force me to be right handed! Daughter (only child) is a TRUE lefty.

  18. Am left handed, left eyed, and left footed. Love to problem solve and create by “thinking outside the box”. Hate scrap…Usually find a use for most~~!!!

  19. I was born an leftie and forced to be a rightie. As a result, I can mirror write. I also used to take notes in school with my left hand, writing backwards, when my right hand got tired. Those 10 page letters, written backward to my boy friend,was the best! I do everything else right handed, however eating European style was something I have done since childhood. Most logical way to use utensils, if you ask me.

  20. My dad had 15 brothers and sisters… each one with families had 1 leftie and as far as i know the leftie was firstborn.. i was my dad’s leftie and firstborn

  21. My immediate family has 2 sets of twins. The first born of each set is left-handed and the only lefties in the family. I also agree with being more creative!

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