STrarting life as a lefty, I gradually graduated to ambidexterity, as a result of coping in a right-handed world. As mentioned by karateed, this "lefty" has adapted and become quite versatile. Mind you, I have seen other lefties who are "hard core" lefty -- they cannot adapt.
It surprises people when they see me use a tool righthandedly then switch easily using the same tool lefthandedly. For example, placing a piece of electronics on my workbench, I proceed to take the screws out. Most people will rotate the unit to get at the screws on the left side. Me? I just switch hands and think nothing further of it.
People marvel at my ambidexterity, but life has taught me that it can be a curse. Playing badminton, I have no backhand swing. I two forehand swings -- one left and one right. I don't know how many games my partners and I have lost due to my partner wondering how I was covering the back court so well.
Studies say all sorts of things -- some good, some bad. Keep the bag of salt handy, as you'll need a lot of pinches of salt. With all the studies saying things like "lefthanders are more accident prone" and "lovers live loonger", I should be dead already. However, my heart still beats, my lungs still operate -- so, I presume I am still alive. And no, I am no more accident prone than righties.
My computer mice are all on the right side. My soldering irons are on the right sid. I use tools (hammers, screwdrivers, routers, etc) either handed. I gave up a little bit of ambidexterity by stopping my righthanded writing decades ago (my lefthanded writing improved since.)
Last edited by Cassandra; 07-27-2008 at 07:10 AM.