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Why are some people ambidextrous?

Asked by Val123 (12586 points ) July 3rd, 2010

What do they have that most of us don’t? Is it something that comes naturally, or something they develop deliberately?

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judochop's avatar

Got me. I can type left handed and right handed.

rpm_pseud0name's avatar

I taught myself to use both hands for handwriting, at a later age, of about 17. It takes some practice, but I can now write with both hands at the same time. And I can write backwards cursive with my left hand, & cursive frontwards with my right hand, simultaneously, so it looks like a mirror image on the page. It’s not as hard as you think, it just takes a little work. Building up your other hand just takes baby steps. Just use your other hand every now & again. Opening the fridge door… use the other hand. Eating some chips, use other hand to eat & other hand to hold bag. Little things add up. I can now use a fork & knife in either hand & I don’t think twice about it. After the initial (frustrating) learning, life gets a little easier when both hands operate with equal skill & dexterity.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I had to teach myself how to write with my left hand my freshman year in high school because I broke my wrist. The teachers didn’t care and weren’t willing to help me out with the class notes. It was the hardest 6 weeks of high school I had.

Val123's avatar

@judochop I can type with both hands too, but I can’t write well at all with my left hand.

@rpmpseudonym Really cool!

@Seaofclouds I’m sorry…. :)

I just wonder if anyone is naturally am-bi. :)

J0E's avatar

I think most people who are ambidextrous taught themselves, like everyone else said. Personally, I taught myself how to shoot a basketball left and right handed. It’s a pretty useless talent.

Val123's avatar

@judochop Si. But I prefer Auto Zone.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I’m naturally ambidextrous as is my mother. I don’t see it as an advantage or disadvantage in myself since I often get right and left confused. Things that come natural to some such as which foot to lead with for skateboarding, surfing, shooting, playing a guitar or weirder stuff like which side to choose to tilt your head while swimming strokes, all of that was not natural for me. I’d love to be able to perform graceful dance steps but get all turned around in my head where my feet should be so, no. Why is there a need for nature to produce the ambidextrous? Who knows.

Symbeline's avatar

Genetics, something like that?

They’re ninjas!

aprilsimnel's avatar

I am mixed-handed. I write with my right hand, but I can write with my left also. I eat left Euro style, with the fork in my left hand, I play guitar left. I do my ablutions with either hand. I didn’t think about it until I started playing bass. I went to the shops to try them out, and the right-handed ones didn’t feel, well, right. There is a gene that’s associated with handedness, but there also perhaps a testosterone effect that ‘s being studied, as more men than women are either truly ambidextrous or lefties.

supermomlaurie's avatar

My son, now 15, has trouble with being a naturally true-ambidextrous. He writes with his right hand, eats and cuts with his left. Baseball didn’t work out for him when he was 9, he wanted to catch AND throw with the same hand and it was frustrating for him. I agree with Neizvestnaya, things don’t come naturally to him, and he kind of has to figure it out. He took longer to talk, and has comprehension issues in school as his brain is figuring out where that message is going. However, he has extremely good common sense and street smarts, and is wickedly smart-witted! If you have the ability to “train” yourself, then you aren’t dealing with the same aspect as those who truly don’t have a dominant side of the brain.

gizmo4655's avatar

Im a ‘true ambidextrous’. I just naturally write with my left and rights hands, use both hands for my computer mouse, cut the left way, along with play guitar and skate the left way. I usually write, move stuff and type on my phone more with my right hand. I play hockey with both hands, its complicated, and play basketball and some other sports, like volleyball when i throw and hit withmy same hand. I never taught myself anything. Its just how it is.

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