Did you know that just 10 percent of the population is left-handed? Left-handed people are somewhat rare in our society. As a result, this rarity has spawned many myths about the differences between righties and lefties. Here are 4 common myths you’ve probably heard about left-handed people and the truth behind each.
Left-handed people are more creative.
It’s been said many times that left-handed people are more creative. Yet, the link between left-handers and creativity is a longstanding myth that is likely just that. A study from 2014 actually tested this theory and found that the link between left-handed orientation and creativity is very weak, especially when it comes to females. So, if you know a lot of creative lefties, it’s likely just a coincidence!
Lefties are more likely to be leaders.
You may be aware that six of the last 12 U.S. Presidents have been left-handed. For that reason, you might have heard the common myth that lefties are more likely to possess leadership potential – but this, too, is also just a myth. There’s no reputable scientific evidence out there that handedness has anything to do with leadership skills.
Left-handed people are naturally introverted.
In 2013, a New Zealand study set out to prove, once and for all, whether left-handed people are more naturally introverted than their right-handed peers. The study, published in the journal Laterality, found no differences across 5 personality measures used to test both right- and left-handers. As it turns out, you’re just as likely to be an introvert if you’re right-handed, as you are as a leftie.
Lefties are “right-brained.”
Since most right-handed people use the left hemisphere of the brain to process language, that must mean that left-handed people think with the right side of the brain, right? This myth isn’t exactly true. According to Frontiers in Psychology, the hand you use doesn’t determine your cognitive performance. What does, however, is ambidexterity. Using both hands skillfully indicates better brain function since ambidexterity requires that you access the right side of the brain more.
It’s always fun to learn something new! At The Park at Forest Hill Apartments in Memphis, Tennessee, we love to provide you with fun, thought-provoking tidbits that will make you reflect on different aspects of life.