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Old 04-24-2019, 02:01 AM   #1
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Who is ambidextrous? Why? How?

Are you ambidextrous? How did you become one?
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Old 04-24-2019, 02:08 AM   #2
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I am not, but my sister is - kind of. Quite strange...she writes with her left hand, but throws right-handed. Never understood it, but she's been that way from day one.
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I am ambidextrous for writing cursive and printing. I am "naturally" a right handed writer, however, as a lark, over 30 years ago, I started building the muscle memory in my left hand for writing and printing. Whenever I found myself in a long, boring meeting, I started doodling, and then I decided to start doing the alphabet in both cursive and printed letters. After about 3 or 4 years I became fairly competent.
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I am naturally right-handed. However, when I was 14, I broke my right thumb playing football and was in a cast for a couple of months, so I learned how to do some things left-handed. I can write legibly with my left hand and can play racquetball and squash left handed. Eliminating the need for a backhand has proven useful on many occasions. I continue to use my left hand every morning to shave with a straight razor, which requires the same fine motor skills from each hand.
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Playing lots of basketball helped me out with my left hand coordination, but I am still predominately right handed. My wife is right handed, but her dominate eye for shooting is her left eye. she looks strange when aiming for a target.
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I write right, throw left. Shoot a basketball left, rifle right, kick right. Tennis right.

As a young accountant I needed to run a 10-key calculator for my job. "10-ket by touch" as it was called. I trained myself to use my left hand so I never had to switch hands as everyone else did. This was not difficult but people seemed amazed at it.

My son can throw with either hand.
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I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
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Man 1: "Is it true you can do things equally well with either hand?"

Man 2: "Yes, I am amphibious"
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I use my left arm/hand to play tennis, golf, throw balls, and my left foot to kick balls. But I use my right arm/hand to do delicate things like writing, holding eating utensils, wiping my bum. Don't know if there was ever a conscious decision to separate activities.
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Man 1: "Is it true you can do things equally well with either hand?"

Man 2: "Yes, I am amphibious"
The late Charles Shackleford, NC State basketball player from the 1980s. He did not graduate.
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Old 04-24-2019, 07:31 AM   #11
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I'm not sure you can call me ambidextrous because I consider myself right handed. I can say I do things with my left hand naturally, like tie shoes and put a key in a door to open it etc.. It is just natural for me to use my left for certain tasks that are small tasks.
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I am not, but my sister is - kind of. Quite strange...she writes with her left hand, but throws right-handed. Never understood it, but she's been that way from day one.
That's not really ambitextrous but I am similar. I write and eat right handed. I throw and play racquet sports left handed. I golf and swing a bat right handed. I shoot a rifle and bow and arrow left handed. On none of these can I switch hands. Always been this way. I'd like to say that it all just seems natural to me but even I recognize that it's odd.
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I was a switch hitter all the years I played organized baseball, but do everything else from the right side.
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Not really ambidextrous but I once had a job with heavy data input. I learned to use the mouse with my left had while I used the ten key on the keyboard with my right. Took awhile to get good at it, but it helped me be much more efficient in the job. Didn’t realize at first that there are settings to allow the buttons on the mouse to be swapped. That helped a lot too.
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I'm odd, sort of like big-papa.

I was a left leg lead in high school track when I did hurdles. I high jump from the "wrong" side (I approach from the left.) I deal cards and do cartwheels the opposite way as well. But in all other things I am right-handed.

I attribute it to my Mom being left-handed, but I have no idea if that's true.
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....though he went on to become a distinguished herpetologist. It turned out he was a natural.
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I'm somewhat. Had a fracture on my writing hand once in college and had to use the other hand for about 6 weeks to take notes. I survived.

Also, somethings things, like eating or using the mouse I favor one hand while other things like throwing a football or using tools, I favor the other hand.
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Only 10% of the population is left handed. An interesting phenomenon. A fun read on the internet.

When I was a kid, right handedness was taught in school in no uncertain terms. It wasn't until the mid to late 1940's that left handedness was accepted as somewhat "normal". At that, in subtle ways, we lefties are still discriminated against based on designs of many goods. We accept this today as a given, but developers are well aware of the RH bias.
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Old 04-24-2019, 11:49 AM   #19
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I see that some were forced to be ambidextrous. I am right handed but due to injuries and such, I was forced to develop many usages for left hand. I am not sure playing some sports with different hand makes one ambidextrous. IMO, if one can do most things equally well with either hand, that makes one truly ambidextrous. I've got some ways to go.
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I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous.
ha ha ha ha

When I type I'm ambidextrous

I use both hands for various distinct things, so not truly ambidextrous as it's awkward to switch to the other hand for the same task.

I have noticed especially for eating some people only use 1 hand, so they:
put knife in right hand.
cut food.
put fork in right hand and eat.
Then repeat.

It's so much easier to keep the knife in 1 hand and the fork in the other and eat.
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