Mental Health Monday–Left Handedness and Creativity

Writer (and soon to be pubbed author, yo!), blogging bud, and whale enthusiast Kendall Grey announced her interest and fascination with left-handed peeps (1 in 10 people are left-handed, BTW) on Twitter a couple days ago and lo and behold it prompted a Mental Health Monday post. Thanks, Kendall!

With a quick Google search, I found an article from 2000 on www.independent.co.uk summarizing a presentation by Dr. Alan Searleman to the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Searleman’s findings recapped:

  • Out of a sample of 1200 people surveyed, left-handers have higher “fluid” intelligence and better vocabulary, which lends them more talent in creative endeavors such as art, music, and writing
  • Left-handed people tend to have higher IQ’s

Interesting, right? (Well, it is for leftys like me, LOL!)

And don’t fear, right-handers, you’re creative and artistic, too, ‘kay? This is only one study. 😉

Now, sidedness can also be for sight and sound. For instance, Dr. Searleman also posited that people who use their left eyes and left ears dominantly are twice as good at problem solving and have larger vocabularies than their right-handed, eyed, and eared peers.

For those of you right-handers who are ready to ban my blog for forever more, here’s some info that’ll make you feel better.

  • Left-handed people tend to have worse memory (TRUE!!! I can attest to that.)
  • Left-handed people are more clumsy. (Again, true…much to my chagrin.)
  • Left-handed people have a shorter lifespan (son of a bitch!)
  • Left-handedness was once considered the sign of the devil. (rawr)
  • The latin word for left is sinister. (shifty-eyes)
  • Children who were naturally left-handed were forced to learn how to write with their right hands. (This actually happened; my grandmother went through it herself.)
  • And, let’s face it, it’s a right-handed world. (Need I mention anything about scissors? I didn’t think so.)

So, what have you heard about left-handed peeps?

Be sure to check out Lydia’s Medical Monday post and Sarah’s psychologically related post. Remember, the information in this blog series is for writing purposes only and is NOT meant to be medical advice or treatment.