Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Lefties Unite!

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but more of us are left-handed these days. When I was growing up, I rarely met others like me. Now if I’m at a dinner party, several of us are jostling for table position. And while researchers look for an inherited gene, I’m here to tell you that the phenomenon isn’t genetic. No one else in my family as far back as my parents can remember is left-handed. My three kids aren’t either. When I chat with other left-handed people, they don't have other family members that are same-handed.

There’s no question in my mind, though, that lefties have different brains. We are wired differently. We have more schizophrenia, alcoholism, dyslexia, and autism than right-handers.

On the other “hand”, we produce more creativity – music, novels, architecture, scientific discoveries. Are we quieter, more introspective than our fellow right-handers? Do we spend more time observing than acting? I’m not sure. Maybe.

I’d love it if you’d weigh in on this topic. Are you a leftie? Are you shyer, more reserved than your right-handed friends, more likely to sit in the back row? How about your family? Any other lefties?