Every once in a while I run across a blog article that intrigues me, it is even rarer when that article prompts me to write about it. Today it is one out of Live Science that talks about the stats and facts of people who are left handed, right handed or ambidextrous. Which being only slightly ambidextrous myself, my sister is a lefty and my dad is so ambidextrous it isn't funny, it is a curiosity that has always fascinated me.
In this article they indicate that only one percent of the population is ambidextrous. Only ten percent are left handed and a whopping ninety percent are right handed. While they go on with a lot of you can see it in cave drawings and how the world is geared towards right handed people, not those that are left handed it does touch on the bias people have and have always had.
I still remember my parents having numerous conferences with the schools because the teachers insisted my sister learn to right with her right hand and not her left. Which makes me wonder how accurate the stats are in this article. Sport coaches use to wonder why I wrote right handed when my left side was my predominant side in sports. Has societies bias towards those left handed skewed the stats, because when we are little teachers and parents alike assume we will be and should be right handed?
While that in itself is fascinating, it also makes one wonder about the old adage that left handed people are more creative than right handed people. Not sure what my thoughts are on that one, especially since one of my oldest friends is left handed and well she isn't the creative type. I think those of us who have developed our imagination and can step back from what is expected of us and not only explore our creativity but also foster it are the ones who are creative.
Perhaps it is because left handed people struggle all their lives in a right handed world that they are more capable and have the established skill set to easily foster their creativity. Who knows what the right or wrong answer is. What I do know is it takes all kinds of different people to make the world go round. It is those differences that we should value and cherish and foster.
Impromptu informal mini poll:
1.) Are you left or right handed?
2.) Are you creative ?
(No you don't have to be trying to earn a living as an artisan to be creative, that is a whole different skill set requirement.)
I will report the results of this mini poll in my December 9, 2011 blog.