Are Left Handed People Better Than Right Handed Ones?

August 13th is World Left Handers Day and HFT tries answering if they are better than right handed people.


Handedness is determined by the frequent use of the dominant hand. While our brains are cross-wired, with the left brain controlling the functions of the right side of the body, and vice-versa too, it is a given that lefties have differently wired brains. Approximately 10 per cent of the world’s population is left-handed.

But the amazing fact is that somehow that makes them better. Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lawrence, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie all have dominant left hands.

They are faster thinkers. As brought out in a study in Australia in 2006, they have faster connections between the left and right hemispheres of their brain, which helps them to process information better and take decisions quicker.

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This also explains why they are better at certain activities like sports. Especially in interactive sports like fencing, boxing, tennis and baseball they play better off against righties who are trained against other righties. This advantage does not come into play in non-interactive sports like swimming.

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It is also a well-established fact that left- handers are more creative. Naturally, singled out in school and peer group, they innately develop an outsider’s perspective in their thoughts and thinking outside the box comes easily.

Left-handers also tend to be shyer and easily embarrassed. That may be due to the social pressure of being termed as different.
The UK-based Left-Hander’s Club started the annual “Left Handers Day.” Every year on August 13th, this minority in a right hand majority world celebrate their differentness and create awareness.