Being a left-hander comes with some challenges. To name a few irritants: Ice cream scoops, can openers, credit card swipers, spiral notebooks, and those all too often right-handed friendly school desks. These, my lefty friends, are just a few of the ways you have to navigate a right-handed world.
While your left-handed frustration may seem never ending, there are some perks to being a lefty. Inconvenient kitchen tools and school supplies aside, being left-handed carries some cool traits with it. Being left-hand dominant correlates to which side of your brain is dominant and influences your personality. As it turns out, there’s much more that’s interesting about you besides which hand you use to sign your name.
Read through these ten things about left-handedness. Some may take you by surprise, no matter if you’re a righty or a lefty.
1. Left-handedness is Fairly Rare – All totaled, lefties account for only about ten percent of the population. That means that only one out of every ten people is born left-handed, making this trait especially unique.
2. Lefties May Have Higher IQs – We noted above that only ten percent of people are lefties. Now consider this point: There are more left-handed folks than right-handed with IQs over 140. Clearly, there’s something special going on here. Cases in point: Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin were both lefties.
3. Creativity Comes Easily To Lefties – According to data from Business Insider, left-handed people are better at what’s called divergent thinking. In real words, this means these folks are able to come to multiple conclusions based on a fixed set of information. This mode of thinking makes for creative types, whether writers, artists, or musicians.
4. Lefties Are Quicker to Get Embarrassed – The BBC reports that left-handed individuals are more likely get embarrassed. Why? Because lefties, associate closely with the right side of the brain. This side of the brain is in charge of emotions, and often, when lefties are faced with potentially embarrassing situations, they lead first with the right side of the brain and succumb to their inhibitions.
5. Left-Handed People Are More Easily Afraid – According to research, lefties that watch a scary movie clip are more likely to show signs of post-traumatic stress afterward than their rightie counterparts. Again, it goes back to that close association with the right side of the brain. This area of the brain is associated with our fear response and is more easily activated in left-handed folks.
6. For Lefties, “Left” Equals “Good” – According to researchers, right-handed people associate right-handed gestures with being good, but lefties think the exact opposite. Think of the phrase “right-hand man” and you’ll get a sense of this association. What’s interesting is that this isn’t a conscious choice; the association of good with right or left happens in our subconscious and is shaped by our handedness.
7. Lefties Get A Whole Day To Themselves – Mark your calendars for August 13, it’s International Left-Handers Day. Launched in 1992 by the UK-based Left-Handers Club to increase awareness about the left-handed lifestyle, today lefties across the globe celebrate this annual event.
8. There Are Lots Of Royal Lefties – The royal family has had a string of left-handed members. Prince William and his son, Prince George, are both left-handed, as well as Queen Victoria, King George VI, and the Queen Mother.
9. There Have Been Eight Known Left-Handed Presidents – All of the known left-handed presidents from our country’s past include James A. Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. But his number could be much higher, though; in past generations, being left-handed was frowned upon and not widely acknowledged.
10. Being Born a Lefty Could Relate to Mom’s Pregnancy – According to a report from ABC News, moms who experience more stress during their pregnancies are more likely to give birth to a left-handed baby. The same is true for moms over 40 at the time of birth. These women are 128% more likely to birth a lefty than new mothers in their 20s.