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.

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14 comments on “Is it me?
  1. Nancy Collier Ranager says:

    I am a second generation lefty with a left handed child. My father was left handed but wrote with his right hand;
    but in sports he was left. My son is left all the way. I am left in small muscle needs, eating, writing, drawing. Right in large muscle chores.
    When I was in college, we had desks with a right arm rest and writing surface. The professor made the left handers move to the back of the room because he said we had an advantage for cheating in those desks. Discrimination!!!

  2. Lynda Prado says:

    I remember starting out life as a leftie and I also remember my parents forcing me to use my right hand until it became automatic. Does that make me a righty now or am I still a leftie because I started out that way?

  3. Tae-Yong says:

    Well, I am left handed and I am so odd in my family. I actually used to be both handed which was unique in my school cause I was the only one. And I loved to be so creative.

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