Today is International Lefthanders Day and it is celebrated in honor of innate uniqueness possessed by the left-handed people, worldwide.

According to various studies, nearly ninety percent of the global population are born right-handed, which means only a minor ten percent have an inherently dominant left-hand.

International Lefthanders Day is aimed at raising awareness on the advantages, challenges of being lefthanded, in a world that is predominantly designed for the right-handers.

Left-handed kids

Living in the world of right-handers often causes challenges in the everyday life and productivity of a left-handed person, as most apparel and utilities, right from buttoned shirts to scissors are designed keeping the majority i.e. right-handed people in mind.

Unfortunately, being left-handed people is still perceived as an oddity. In many parts of India, parents still try to impose the practice of using the right hand instead of left, often reminding the child to change the habit of using the left hand.

Doctors caution against changing the habit of using left hand as it can lead to severe and irreparable consequences in their later years. Read on to know more.

Negative Effects Of Forcefully Changing Left-Handed Tendency In Children:

Poor Memory

Parents as well as school teachers constantly telling a kid to use the other hand, whenever they pick up the ball from the playground or take out a pencil to write down notes, could cause persistent confusion in their minds. This could hamper with their memory, giving rise to a tendency of being a scatter-brain.

Constant Fatigue

Being forced to switch hands for practically every activity, particularly eating and drinking, through the day leads to excessive stress in the neuronal cells in the brain of the child. This, in turn, causes them to feel tired and sleepy frequently, negatively affecting their studies as well as day-to-day productivity.

Speech Difficulties

In many instances, left-handed people who were forced to use the right hand during childhood, find it difficult to speak coherently and fluently later in life as adults. They tend to develop stutters and even severe disorders like apraxia, aphasia and Tourette's syndrome and constantly encounter ordeals in pronouncing long or complex words.

Bad Handwriting

Kids born with heightened right brain activity naturally have dominant left-handed characteristics. Hence, such children, on being forced to swap the pencil or pen from their left hand to their right hand to write, often do not know the right way to write and thus have very illegible handwriting. This affects their examination performances in school and college and even causes their colleagues to question their abilities at work.

Shy Nature

Children who have been forcefully using their right hand, opposing their natural tendency to function with their left hand are predisposed to acquiring an introverted personality. They lack confidence in interacting with their peers and are often socially withdrawn at parties and family gatherings.

Ways To Eliminate The Stigma Associated With Left-Handed People:

Although International Lefthanders Day is earmarked to recognize the distinctive traits of left-handed people, they are still viewed in a negative light in many countries today. Reasons for this vary from ancient religious beliefs, to historical events and even social taboos.

It is important to encourage any individual, be it a child, teenager or an adult, to utilise their left hand to perform routine chores like cleaning, eating, cooking, if that is their natural tendency. Moreover, they should be allowed to lead a normal life, whether at home, work or any gathering, just as any right-handed person.

Here are some simple ways to help abolish the negativity associated with left-handed people.

Equal Treatment

Being the majority, right-handed people must not look down or act superior in front of their left-handed colleagues, friends or family members. Consider their handedness as their inherent inclination, appreciate their talent, skill and keep things casual and friendly in their presence.

Well-Informed Conversations

In case one or more people amongst a group of friends at a party or employees in a company happens to be left-handed, do not create an instance of embarrassment for them. It is being mature and considerate while not raising any minconceived superstitions, rumoured bad omens about left-handers and steering the talk in an amicable manner.

Inclusion In Groups

Right from a young age, understand that left handers think, act and function in pretty much the exact same way as right-handers. At school, college or work, do not isolate them socially or professionally. Invite them to get-togethers, keep an open mind and work alongside them on projects.

Conclusion: 

The need of the hour is in-depth insight and understanding, of how changing the left-handedness in children could potentially make them slow learners for life.

Creating awareness amongst parents, teachers and children, to help left-handed kids survive in a world designed for right-handers, will certainly go a long way in making them feel more confident to take on any endeavor in life.