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10 comments on “General questions
  1. Indy says:

    I’m just wondering if any writes with their left hand, with their paper fully 180 degrees? Because I do and all the teachers at school are like ‘that’s interesting’ or ‘THATS AMAZING’ or ‘i’ve never EVER seen a student write this that before!’ it has spread all over school! from music to maths:’D

  2. Jens Hansen says:

    I was wondering if other lefties write their ‘tick’ or ‘check’ marks backwards.
    I’ve been writing them backwards since I was 11, when I saw a fellow left hander
    do it. I thought it was very cool and people often remark on my weird backwards left handed tick marks.



  3. Jessica says:

    My 7 year old son is left handed but writes with his right hand. His teacher feels this is holding him back because his handwriting is bad and laboured. What is the general opinion about retraining him to write with his left at this age? Is it worth it? Are there any potential problems for him continuing with his right hand?

    • Keith says:

      I would say it was a bad idea for him to write with his right hand in the first place if he is left handed! If he is having problems as a result of this (which I would expect and will probably continue), it must be a good think to change him back to his natural hand.

      • Diana Powers says:

        I was retrained to use a spoon in my right hand as a young child (by my europeon grandmother). When I started school & learned to write being left handed was not an option. As a result of this my handwriting is illegible. I use my left hand dominantly except for writing. I have been admonished by teachers/employers almost as if I was uncooperative. One of may children is left handed & dad & other family members only rt. handed. I was once told, you give someone something to read & It’s like saying sacastically “Hey try to read this”! Would love some feedback…

  4. Cassandra says:

    I’m curious…over the last 28 years every guy I have dated and loved is left handed! That’s a total of 7 in a row and I am beginning to feel as though there is something to this attraction. I am searching for a rational answer to these left-handed relationship attractions.

  5. Katie says:

    I have been in Shanghai, China for nearly four months now. I have not come across any left-handed Chinese people. I find this very strange. Chinese people are always surprised to see me write with my left-hand. They often say I am clever so that is nice! I asked a Chinese friend why there are no left-handed people in China and he says it is because they don’t want people to be different. People who are naturally left-handed are forced to use their right hand. He says this is gradually changing, some young children are allowed to be left-handed now. I find the subject China and left-handers (or lack of left-handers) very interesting. If anybody has any comments are questions on this subject I would love to hear them.

  6. Pam McClenaghan says:

    I have difficulty with sense of direction but found in disney orlando U.S.A. I could read and understand the park maps much quicker and easier than my right handed friends who read maps much quicker than me in Britain. I also found shopping mall maps nearby to orlando were also easy to read and understand and my right handed friends got frustrated and said “what is wrong with this map” and headed off in the wrong direction all the time. I was amazed as I usually head off in the wrong direction when reading a map in Britain.
    I also have difficulty with forward planning and seem to rush around at the last minute trying to cram everything in. I did not think it was being left handed I thought it was just me.

  7. Steven Carroll says:

    My question is: Are there any other left handers out there who have difficulty with forward planning. I don’t know if it’s just me or if it’s a common trait with left handedness.
    Also, sense of direction, or lack of it! There have been many a time I have taken a wrong turn down a street and before I know it, hopelessly lost. Thereafter, find it very difficult in working out how to get my bearings right again.

    Steve Carroll

    • Jens Hansen says:

      I’m not very good at forward planning either but have a great sense of direction. My wife is often stunned on how well I can find my way around in unfamiliar places. Natural sense of direction, I guess. I think you need to trust your inner compass and do what feels right.

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