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.

If you want to add your own thoughts or experiences, please add a comment below.

4 comments on “Is it me?
  1. Lewis Harper says:

    Yes, you guessed it, the Heater Controls are on the right. Very hard to get at, & you can’t see what you are doing. Every time I go to light it, I Turn the Knob the wrong way & put the Pilot Light out. Start again.
    Another thought, why is that Australia & a few others, All Drive on the Left Side of the Road, but, most likely nothing to do with being Left Handed.
    In The USA, their Cars are all driven on the Left Side of the Car. Not sure about that one either.

    When I was a worker, sent to the Store for Materials, had to write in Triplicate, & when you got near the end of Requisition Forms, & being 400 Pages it was very difficult.
    I wood annoy the hell out of them, & turn the Form Book around, which made it easier for us Lefties to write in, but of course it was upside down for the Storeman, & he got really upset, & we wood tell him to get some L/H Req. Forms. Of course it never happened.
    Regards,
    Left Handed, Lewis

  2. SIADOUS Elisabeth says:

    When I was a child, loos were a nightmare, either in restaurants or highway toilets, or even at friends : I often just didn’t get the grip of it and had to cry for help.In the end my parents just told me not to lock myself up ; to my shame this is what I’m still doing though I’m a “mature” lady ! In airports I put my suitcase across the door, in planes I just tell the stewardess I won’t close the door if she could be kind enough to keep watch : they are used to such behaviour. Though they might be thinking : oh no another claustrophobic … they keep smiling. And the terrible exp√©riences with being locked in those cubicles left me indeed .. claustrophobic. I hate being closed in anywhere and am very reluctant about lifts, planes, and the like. To me people working in submarines, or in the underground are real E.T’s. Never ever did I visit any cavern. I’d rather be sick for hours on a ferry than use the Eurotunnel.
    But the comforting thing is I still had, and hope I’ll still have for many more years, a wonderful life, as well on the family level as on the business level, and and these days more and more tools and devices are making a lefty’s life so much easier as when I was a child.
    I Wonder whether the “loo lock-in syndrome” has traumatized other lefties ?

  3. [email protected] says:

    Hi left handlers,
    I just want to tell you that we all very special people. We think using more of our right brain. We solve problems faster. We see things in a wider prospective. We are more artistic. We get connected with the source better. We are really special. We are not common so we are not ordinary.

  4. I’m organising the first ever celebration of the left handed people in South Africa.as a school teacher I have discovered that there are more than 140 learners who are left handed.we are going to organise some sports activities such as soccer and netball and to challenge the right handed learners.we hope to sell this idea to other schools nationally

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