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What’s Your Dominant Hand? 1/10 #LifeThisMonth. 17/2022.

What’s Your Dominant Hand? 1/10 #LifeThisMonth. 17/2022.

Welcome to the first link up for #LifeThisMonth!

It’s the 2nd Monday of the month, 14 March 2022 and here are the guidelines for linking and commenting.

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Recently I shared elements of this post on a facebook group’s page.

Chat 10 Looks Retired.

The group is one that’s come about from being a member of the Chat10Looks3 Facebook group founded by fans (and with the approval of) Annabel Crabb and Leigh Sales. I admit to having been a fan of their podcast since they started it, and I took myself (bravely, because of some of my fears about travel) to see them in what turned out to be the final Chat 10 Looks 3 Live event for the Covid period we know that went on…and on….and on…..

Here’s my memory from that evening B.C. You know, “before Covid.”

Sunday Sharing….to the C10LooksRetired Group…

and now, dear bloggers, to you! 

Are you are a right hander ?

Are you a left hander?

This is me..being both.

Once I started school in the mid 1950s and into 1st Class, my parents asked my teacher if I should be “changed” to being a right hander. That well-informed and caring public school teacher said “no” & for that I am grateful.

I know, as my career was in teaching, that some hardships have been imposed on some children, changing their “dominant” hand in writing. I never did but I did ask parents who may have been unsure before the child started school, to check which hand is used to open a door, which eye is closed to look through a telescope and if they may always favour one hand.

If you, as I know some are, curious to know about being a left hander, let’s just say, we often do it tough.

  • Books for example, to write in,
  • always have us covering our work,
  • and if say at Uni we might have one of those chairs with a desk added, it will be highly likely they will all be for right handers
  • in the olden days of using a cheque book, your left handed writing could cover up what you were wanting to write and add in the cheque butt
  • scissors for those who use the left hand to cut, are often hard to find, and in some classrooms, unfortunately cannot be found. These are made now and a wise school will have some on hand (oops) for those who are lefties

Fun fact…or old hat fact! To graduate from teachers college in 1969, each of us “lefties” had to learn to write on a chalkboard with our right hands because “as a left hander” we would be covering up the work as we went.

I passed, and from then on, approaching a chalkboard, I wrote with my right hand. It proved to be fine. In fact, even though I wasn’t fast when I had my left hand operated on in my 50s I could still do some writing. This example from my first class.

This style of printing in NSW schools was known as “ball & stick”. It took till 1980s for the current NSW Foundation Style to be introduced.

 

Lefties make up only about 10 percent of the population, but studies find that individuals who are left-handed score higher when it comes to creativity, imagination, daydreaming and intuition. They’re also better at rhythm and visualization.

So, here are some amazing facts about left-handers that you may not have previously known:

  • More Often are Male. …
  • Faster Recovery from Strokes. …
  • Advantageous Hand at Sports. …
  • Drawn Figures Usually Face Right. …
  • An Advantage in Typing. …
  • More Intelligent Than Right. …
  • More Artistic. …
  • Better at Writing with Non-Dominant Hand.

I do know that I really enjoying hand writing in print or lettering form but am more likely now to make up my own style as in here:

And something I found personally interesting too: seeing my photos using my left hand looked strange to me because…I too, like the world of 90% of us, sees the world around us portrayed with right handedness and examples of this.

 

Here’s a link to see what your left-handedness level might be.

https://leftyfretz.com/left-handed-test/

I am 75% left handed.

Are you a left hander or a right hander?

Do check out the quiz if you wish. I found it very interesting.

Let me know if you choose in the comments!

Denyse.

 

 

Life This Month.  14.3.2022

Instructions for link up and bloggers here:

Denyse Whelan Blogs Is a Community

You can link up something old or new, just come on in.

* Please add just ONE post… NOT a link-up series of posts, thank you.

* Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a kind thing to do!

* Check out what others are up to: Leave a comment on a few posts, because we all love our comments, right!

*You are welcome to add my link up’s image to your sidebar or let others know somewhere you are linking up to this blog’s Life This Month

*Posts deemed by me, the owner of the blog & the link-up, to be unsuitable for my audience will be deleted without notice. These may include promotions, advertorials and any that are overly religious or political or in any way offensive  in nature.

*This link up opens at 5.00 a.m Australian eastern time on the second Monday of the month, and closes at 5.00 p.m. on the Wednesday of that week.

*I commit to visiting your blog and to  comment on your post.

Denyse Whelan.

 

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11 April 2/10

9 May 3/10

13 June 4/10

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8 August 6/10

12 September 7/10

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Comments

  1. Good morning Denyse! Great to see the new format for your link up. My Brother was and my grandson Ethan is left-handed and my Mum was both. I can use my left hand if I really have to but it certainly takes a lot of concentration. My daughter is a fan of Annabel & Leigh’s podcast although I think I’ve listened to it once. Have a great week and I hope that now having the link up as a monthly event, you will feel less pressured. Take care. xx

    • Thank you Sue for such a warm and cheery comment which has helped my Monday go well.

      Interesting about “handedness’ isn’t it?

      I admit I was surprised I was only 75% but then again when I think about how much I do use my right hand then it did make sense.

      I continue to listen to Leigh and Annabel from time to time. They are women “on the go” for sure. They have a very kind a caring group and I like that, and now I am part of their Chat10LookRetired Australian FB group it’s a new place to virtually meet new people.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  2. We are all Lefties but my eldest changed to a right in Kindergarten on her own because she wanted to be the same as everyone else – how weird is that?! Funny about the cheque stub. I’d not thought of that. I remember those lecture theatre issues. You had to sort of twist up in an angle…

    • Yes to issues only left-handers notice…and as a teacher I was especially vigilant because being a ‘lefty’ on the wrong side of a 2 person desk is not fun. I often noticed it in other teachers’ rooms and would quietly mention it.

      How interesting about your daughter!

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  3. Hello there Denyse- gosh it’s been a while hasn’t it…..hopefully you’re feeling rested now and all your pressing medical worries are behind you.

    No ‘lefties’ in my immediate or extended family that I know of. I’m always intrigued by the way some lefthanders write on paper though…..seeing the angle of their arms, hands and pen/pencil some I’ve seen would qualify as contortionists…..but if it gets the job done who am I to criticise
    Take care
    Cathy

    • Thanks for coming back and your kind words Cathy. Taking my health into consideration and doing less and ‘being more’ is kind of working and for that I am glad.

      Medical things will always be around as we age, for sure, today I have biopsies on potential skin cancers! Bit of mess on my cheek. The fun of being in Aussie sun since birth!!

      I too feel some left handers look awkward and when I checked those photos of me for this “I” looked strange so we are attuned to right handedness being ‘right’.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  4. Welcome to your new format Denyse, and thanks again for having us over.
    I too am a Chat3Looks10fan and a member of the same group as you (as you know). I went to a show in Canberra in pre-Covid times and on my own and loved it. So much fun and acceptance in the room.
    I am right handed but my brother is left handed. My father was ambidextrous and managed well. So interesting to read your ‘fun facts’ about being a leftie.

    • Thanks so much Debbie.Yes to live shows with company of self and others around us. Does not bother me at all.

      A C10L3 live show was an experience.

      Interesting about your family and handedness. Wonder what your grandchildren will show tendency for!

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  5. Congrats, Denyse, on your first #LifeThisMonth linkup! Interesting facts about left-handers. A friend of mine can use both hands very well for tasks that require fine motor skills. The purple flowers that you shared are lovely. Have a wonderful week!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words Natalie.

      How interesting for your friend! Much usefulness there.

      I am glad you like the flowers too. I am going to share more about my background images over time.

      Driving around our local area today, these trees are in bloom in lots of places.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  6. I’m right-handed. Hubby is naturally left-handed – and plays sport with left the dominant side – but had to learn to write right-handed at school (because that’s what you did then). Interesting factoids…

    • Poor Hubby! “Not all schools” did that to kids who were natural lefties. I know I was fortunate and it must have depended on parents and teachers of the time.

      I like is his adaptations though.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  7. Loving the new link up! I found this post fascinating – as a rightie, I really enjoyed the insight into being a leftie! Can’t believe you had to pass a test to write on the board, that wasn’t very equal opportunities at all! High five to you though because I couldn’t write that well with my left hand. See you next month!

    • Yes, I like to bring up that “fact” about how teaching was back then…and it was not till a year before I began teaching that WOMEN got equal pay…and equal rights in employment. Just a bit before your time (literally) but true.

      I am glad you found the post of interest Sammie and I think it makes us a bit more informed to know that lefties actually do it a bit tougher in the right handed world!

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  8. Hi Denyse – I’m predominantly right handed – and so are all my family. My husband’s family has a few lefties in it and our daughter is left handed. Our son’s first daughter is also a leftie – so 50% of my children and 50% of my grandchildren are lefties – something I never expected. It’s been interesting watching our daughter adapt to the extra challenges that come with left handedness – and funnily enough she married a left hander!

    • It IS interesting Leanne, to become more cognisant of what life is like for left handers and being a left hander.

      My son is predominantly right with some left handed ness…and that includes use of cutlery and I had to really remember when setting the table, because “I” eat with a knife and fork in right handed style, but when I use a spoon or knife or fork separately, it’s with my left.

      Good on your family too as they grapple with what is…for a left hander.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  9. Hi Denyse, I found this post very interesting to read. I took the test and am 100% right handed. I knew that would be the case, as I’m hopeless using my left hand. My son was left handed. We noticed it when he was a toddler. We tried to hand things to his right hand but it never worked. In his early years at school they told him he would have to train himself to change if he wanted to succeed. He took no notice of him and we were happy for him to use his dominant left handed. The interesting thing is that his left handedness was never discussed with us by his teachers. He works in a highly technical area, and being left handed causes him no problems at all. I am aware of how difficult certain tasks were as you wrote in your post. I’m sure that left handed scissors were life changing for him.

    • Thank you so much Jennifer for your interesting and detailed response sharing your son’s experiences as a left hander.

      No doubt about it, so many people “think” they have the answers but a true lefty needs to be given the space and ability to do as he/she needs to do! Good on your son.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  10. Hi Denyse, this post was interesting! Some of the points you bring up about being left-handed are things I’ve never thought of. Then add to that being a left-handed guitar player and finding the guitar you like – but for a leftie. It can be hard, or expensive, if you want a specific guitar, as I’ve understood it.
    Very sad that old attitude of having to change your dominant hand in the past! That must have affected kids negatively – the feeling of not being normal.
    I’m definitely right-handed and I suck at doing things with the left. The only thing I can think of that comes easily is to handle the left side things on the camera, like adjusting manual focus and using the function buttons on the left side. I’m glad to say I think I’m quite creative despite being right-handed!

    • Thanks so much Susanne, yes IF I had any interest in learning the guitar the strings would need to be adjusted accordingly for a left hander. Paul McCartney was one!

      Of course creativity is not exclusive to the lefties of the world but I feel a little more special if that is something positive for us.

      The dominant hand…is the right hand for around 90% of the world..talk about dominance of the dominant!! Lol.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  11. I am right handed but my oldest son is left handed (and completely left dominant from a very early age!). My other boys and husband are all right handed too but in my husband’s side of the family most of the males are left handed (though one or two of them had it “corrected” out of them in grade school).

    • As his mum I wonder how you felt with this new child and his handedness of difference!

      Really interesting to know this about your husband’s family too.

      Thanks Joanne.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.

  12. Hi Denyse, I’m late to the party but glad I made it before it shut! I couldn’t miss being part of your first for the new monthly format. I’m a right hander through and through. I am so clumsy using my left hand! Hope you’re having a great week!

    • No you are fine…closing is tomorrow around 5 pm my time.

      Thanks Min for your kind words.

      Have a great week and thanks for the support of the new link up.

      Denyse.