27 thoughts on “left & right: 37/365

  1. Something like 30 years ago I did a school report on handedness, and read that left-handed people mix up right and left more than right-handed people do. If that’s true, and I believed it then but who knows, it might be b/c of what that book suggested, which is that the world in many ways we don’t notice is built for right-handers, which means left-handers are always adapting to unnatural physical space/movement. That interpretation only holds, of course, if it’s true that we all tend to “think” with our dominant hand. Anyway, that book also said that right-handed people with a lot of left-handedness in their families have more trouble mixing up the two directions than do right-handers in families that are exclusively made up of right-handers. The suggestion here was that if you’re sharing intimate space with people who are responding to the world in the opposite way, then you will be affected by that. Again, if this is true, and I doubt all of it, it explains why I, like you, very often hesitate when commanded to go left or right, and must also “touch base” with my right hand to make sure I’ve got it. My sister and brother, both much older, are left-handed, and they taught me the things older siblings teach, all using the left hand. So I tie my shoes left-handed, hold knife and fork as a lefthander, keep my watch on my right wrist, always try to open things with my left hand first, and on and on, despite being very dominantly right-handed (my right hand and arm are substantially stronger than my left). And Pat is left-handed, too, so the pernicious influence of those left-handers continues! Anyway, all to add up to this: If you have a lot of left-handedness in your family growing up, that could (but probably doesn’t) explain this little glitch you have with left/right.

    Okay, you’re right about this one, I can’t believe I wrote so much! Damn.


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