Although right-handed people make up 90% of the population, there’s still 10% out there full to the brim with lefties. If you’re right-handed, it can often be easy to forget that there are people out there who write with the complete opposite hand to you, and if you’re left-handed, you’ve probably felt left out when you’ve struggled with scissors, or smudged your piece of paper when the righties have excelled. So what are the characteristics most commonly found in left-handed people?
It’s more common in twins
It’s interesting to know that left-handedness is increasingly common in twins, rather than single babies. Research has found that 22% of twins born each year are left-handed. Even if they are identical twins, sometimes one can be right-handed, while the other is left-handed. Crazy, huh!
They normally have higher IQs
It’s been suggested that people who are left-handed are actually more intelligent and better at things like math, logical reasoning and spatial awareness. This has actually been backed up by science. A study at St. Lawrence University found through their research that there are more left-handed people with IQs over 140 (anything over 140 is categorized as a genius) than there are right-handed people. And when you’re looking through history, this kind of makes sense. Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates and Isaac Newton were all lefties.
Left-handed people are born leaders
Although there’s no research into why left-handed people tend to be more inclined to become leaders, we just have to look at past presidents of the US and the Royal Family in the UK. Since 1923, the US has had six left-handed presidents, including Barack Obama, George Bush Snr, Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton and Harry S. Truman. Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and Prince William are all lefties, too. Coincidence? We think not.
They have a quick temper
Scientists have wondered for decades why this is – and now one paper has the answers. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease reports that left-handed people have a quicker temper than those who are right-handed because the two hemispheres in their brains interact more with each other. This means that their logical reasoning in the left side of their brain and their emotions in the right side interact more than their right-handed counterparts, meaning they get angry quicker.
Left-handed people are better fighters
When it comes to right-handed people, they often use their right hands, arm, and the whole right side of their body for everything. However, lefties often have to adjust themselves to become more ‘right-handed’ in situations, which makes their bodies more balanced. This is an advantage if you’re a left-handed fighter as you have an evenness on both sides of your body – rather than having a stronger side and a weaker side.
They can often hear better
It’s been reported that left-handed people can hear changes in sounds more accurately than those who are right-handed. This is because the left and right sides of the brain are wired differently, each side specializing in certain things the other isn’t. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body, so left-handed people are more connected to the right side of the brain, which specializes in sound changes.