Mixed Handedness


2 weeks after my surgery they removed my cast and now I wear this splint. I have to wear it for the next month or until my bones heal. I’m so thankful my surgeon let me wear this so I can remove it to shower, its easy to remove especially if my skin gets itchy too. I’m to stretch my incredibly stiff and damaged tendons, so painful but I’ll work on it each day. Physical therapy is starting in my near future, no pain – no gain right? I digress.

I wanted to share my fascination with mixed handedness.  I did a little research and found out that only 1 percent of the world is ambidextrous, with 9 percent of human population being left-handed and the rest, 90 percent right-handed.  No wonder I became mixed handedness as I’m living in a right-handed world.

I find it interesting as I’ve gone through each day with this injury struggling with which arm or hand I use for this, that and the other thing.  For instance, I brush my teeth with my right so I’ve had to teach my left but it didn’t take too long since I’m a mixed leftie.  I eat with my right, so I’ve had to learn to eat with my left.  Buttering toast has been really difficult but I’m getting better. I’ve really conformed so much to our right-handed world, no wonder I’m so confused sometimes when I can’t decide which arm or hand to use!

In my research I read that there are degrees of handedness and there’s an objective scale you can use called Edinburgh Handedness Inventory.  I took this objective test and I am -0.3 mixed left hander, which is different from being ambidextrous.  A true ambidextrous person has a symmetrical brain; meaning they use each side of their brain equally and in some of the articles I read they think this can contribute to ADHD, language problems and possible poor behavior in school.  Since I was a perfect angel through school I know I have an asymmetrical brain, I’m joking. I just know I do not have ADHD, and I was a pretty good student.

I now know I am not ambidextrous.  Through the testing and all that I read I just had to conform to right-handed scissors.  My right-handed mother who taught me right handed crochet and knitting.  I didn’t bother to ask for a left-handed mit for my right hand to play baseball, I even bat right handed. So I learned how to play tennis with my right hand, play pool right handed and use a mouse on the computer on the right side mouse pad. I’ve memorized and am quite fast at 10 key typing with my right hand.  I am an accomplished pianist, may have been easier for me to learn since I’ve had to use both sides of my brain for both hands. I can paint a wall with both hands equally well, but ask me to draw or paint in detail and I HAVE TO use my left hand. I often have felt odd with my mixed handedness!

So I challenge you to try to use your left hand. Since 90 percent of you who are reading this are right-handed, try brushing you teeth in the morning for a month with your left hand. They say through my research you will be “growing” your brain.  Try writing with your left hand, more brain cell growth. It’s good for you to exercise your brain. But whatever you do, please do not fall and break your arm to grow new brain cells. I don’t recommend it!  🙂


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