Is it me?

… or is it a left-handed thing?

Is it a left-handed thing?We were asked by a Club member whether any of us also have problems with greeting people with a kiss, either on one or both cheeks. She said that she often ended up bumping noses or planting the kiss firmly (and embarrassingly) on the other persons lips because she always seemed to start on the wrong side.

We thought about is and realised that we all do the same – it IS a left-handed thing!

When we asked about what other problems people had we got a huge response. Some of the things that were mentioned were:

  • Crossing other peoples paths/position on pavement
  • Hugging
  • Taking neighbour’s drink/bread roll at the dining table
  • Direction of work, decorating/painting rooms
  • Being helped to put on a jacket
  • Receiving change
  • Putting children’s socks and shoes on
  • Feeling more comfortable sitting on the left hand side of things
  • Putting belts on upside down
  • Visualise things the opposite way around
  • Trouble opening/locking locks
  • Work stations flow the opposite way around
  • Organising files “back to front”
  • Undoing wine corks anti-clockwise
  • Putting clothes back on racks the wrong way round
  • Flicking through magazines from back to front
  • Line dancing on the wrong foot
  • Tying shoe laces

It seems that a lot of the quirks that we have are a result of being left-handed in a right-handed world.

You can see a longer list of these and a huge amount of feedback from Club Members here.

The quirk that started it all was social kissing, and you can read a selection of anecdotes about that on the kissing confusion page.

Click here to join the Left-Handers Club FREE if you want to keep up to date with our surveys and Club member responses – It ISN’T JUST YOU – a lot of left-handers seem to do the same things.

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11 comments on “Is it me?
  1. Poet says:

    What I want to know is if any other left handers have a problem with goofy foot skateboarding. I push away with my right foot, but I also need my right foot in front to guide the board. The result is improper balance and lack of speed since the foot you push off with is typically at the back, not the front.
    Pushing down on a bike pedal, taking stairs etc. I always begin with the right foot. Is that usual for fellow leftys?

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