About 10% of the world’s population is left-handed. There are numerous myths about them, yet most of them are anecdotal. Here is the truth behind some common myths about left-handed people.
Lefties are more creative
Of all the things great artists have in common, being a lefty isn’t one. The connection between left-handers and creativity is a long-prevailing myth. A study found that left-handed men tend to think more creatively while solving a problem. However, there was no such result in females.
So, we cannot conclude for sure that lefties are more creative.
Lefties are more likely to be leaders
As a matter of fact, 6 of the last 12 U.S. presidents were lefties. Although, there is no strong evidence that relates handedness with leadership skills. The basis of this myth has come from observation of historical figures.
Lefties are more intelligent
The idea that left-handed people are more intelligent is also based on observation. Although, a study of 7000 school children proved no difference in intellectual ability based on handedness. The world is a right-dominated place —utensils, scissors, and other items of daily use are designed for the right-handed person. Left-handed people have to think flexibly and come up with ways to use those tools and navigate.
Intelligence is based on knowledge and smartness, not on your handedness.
Lefties are introverted
There is a common lore that left-handed people are more introverted in comparison to right-handed people. Five personality measures were tested between right-handers and left-handers in 2013 in New Zealand. At the end of the study, no difference could be observed between the two types of people. The stereotype that left-handers are not mentally or morally inferior.
Lefties are “right-brained”
It is well known that most right-handed people use the left hemisphere of the brain to process language, so by inversion, left-handed people must think with the right side of the brain, right? Not necessarily. Dr. Grimshaw found that 70 percent of lefties are right-brained. Left-handers, in addition to being similar to right-handers in most ways, certainly don’t have reversed brains. Irrespective of your dominant hand, both sides of the brain can be strengthened.