It’s an odd notion to us lefties… The want to become left handed, but it is very real, there are plenty of righties out there who do genuinely want to get a taste of what it is like to be left handed. Now everyone has their own reasons, some people just want to see what it is like to write with another hand, some people want to become adept at writing with both hands for the sake of injury and some people just want to be able to say they are left handed.
Either way, whatever your reason for coming here today, you have come to the right place, Left Handed Notion aims to supply as much information as possible about being left handed… Including becoming left handed, but first, just how possible is it to become left handed?
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Is it possible to change hands?
The short answer is Yes, it is in fact possible to change handedness, however, not without some level of great effort and discipline on behalf of the individual attempting to change.
According to this study, handedness is something that is dictated in a few different ways, and whilst learned behaviours is definitely one of them, there is also a lot of neural pathways that are designed around our dominant hand which is why it is so weird to use our other hand.
Apparently there seems to be some sort of ceiling when it comes to these efforts, whereby you can only realistically get so adept at whichever hand you are trying to change over to simply due to how your brain works.
All in all, you are able to change your hand if you really want to and have enough determination, but it will be a very difficult task as a lot of what makes us left or right handed is hard wired into our brains.
How do you switch hands?
- Practice using your Left Hand as much as you possibly can
- This may seem like an obvious point but practice truly does make perfect, being able to stick to a rigid schedule of writing for an hour or two a day with your non-dominant hand is the only way you are going to see serious progress.
- Make sure you start simple, writing simple words and sentences will be crucial to just getting used to how to pen feels in your hand, try writing “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” as it uses every letter in the alphabet.
- Use writing workbooks
- Something that children use a lot when learning how to write for the first time can actually help aid you, whilst it may seem silly as you already know what all the letters look like, practicing this way will help you to get to grips with what the letters feel like which is very important for writing.
- Practicing sizing the letters differently as well as alternating between capital and lower case variants will really help you get to grips with writing with your left hand.
- Draw… A lot
- This is somewhat of a hidden tactic but drawing can massively help when it comes to learning how to write left handed, as it gets you used to the manipulation of the pen in different environments.
- Becoming more adept at drawing will massively help your overall dexterity with your left hand, making it much easier to translate over to writing and as a result, it makes it much more comfortable.
- Try other left hand activities
- This one is for those who are really serious about switching hands, you probably use your right hand for more than you realise, recognise where you are instinctively using your right hand and switch it up! Brushing your teeth? Use your left hand! Playing tennis? Use your left hand! Just generally picking up and using household items? You guessed it, use your left hand!!
Handedness changing is a lot to do with motivation and determination
How difficult is it to switch hands?
It is tough to say specifically how difficult it is for people to switch hands, it largely depends on who you are as a person, how motivated you are and how many activities you do a day involving your left hand. According to Clare Porac, a professor of psychology at Penn State Erie, you are basically born with two genes “dextral” and “chance”, for the most part, people are born with the dextral gene which correlates with right-handedness, however, sometimes people can be born with 2 chance genes, leaving them left handed.
This means that a lot of our brains natural wiring is put in place by our handedness (or rather, the other way around), leading to you having to activate neural pathways which simply don’t get used that often when using your non-dominant hand.
This is why you might find you are much less accurate when tossing things with your left hand, or have much less power behind the throw, it can be equated to something like muscle atrophy, whereby over time of not using the pathways, they start to deteriorate.
So that is pretty much it when it comes to our advice, as long as you keep up consistent practice in the realm of trying things out with your left hand, you should be able to pick it up in a matter of months.
Also if you are left handed and want to become right handed, a lot of the same stuff written here applies, obviously reversed though, although it is stated that it might be easier to change to be right handed due to the very nature that we live in a right handed dominant world and so the barrier to entry is lower.
Either way, let me know if you have changed hands or want to in the comments below! I reply to every single one!