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How to Become Ambidextrous

Updated on February 27, 2013

Being able to use your both hands equally well is called being ambidextrous. Majority of people just use one of their hands in their daily life while the other kind of just follows and helps the dominant hand when needed. For most people this dominant hand is the right hand. For some people it is left hand and they are called left-handed (surprisingly). I am your average right-handed person and ever since I was a child, I was curious about being left-handed. I always thought that it would give me an edge in school since my hand always started to hurt when I wrote much. In the final year of high school there are national exams in Finland. Those exams are six hours long and there are several of them. Imagine six hours of writing… Just the thought it made my hand ache. So I decided to become ambidextrous. I already had some experience of using my left hand since I had learn to apply mascara with my left hand (when I was learning I decided to use my left hand because I wanted to learn how to use it into something). So as I was reading to my exams, I was also learning to use my left hand. Here I’ll tell what methods I used to become ambidextrous so you can learn it too. Even if I learn to use my left hand, these tips also work for people who are left-handed and want to learn how to use their right hand. When you read about using your left hand, just use your right instead.

When I wanted to become ambidextrous I was mainly thinking writing. I wanted to learn how to write with my left hand. But it really isn’t that simple. It’s not enough to know how to just write, you also want to learn how to do other everyday chores with your other hand. So when you pick up things, pass them, and hold them, use your left hand. This is more difficult than you might imagine. At the beginning it doesn’t feel natural and you might be tempted to use your right hand. Try to avoid this at all cost. If you notice that you are slipping and you are using your right hand too much, concentrate on using your left hand.

Change the place your watch. Right-handed people normally wear their watch on their left wrist so when you are trying to become left-handed, wear your watch on your right wrist. This will tell your subconscious that you are trying to change sides.

Try drawing shapes. Drawing triangles, circles and squares will train your hand to draw different shapes. It will train your hand to move a pen and to make straight lines and curvy lines. I find that circles are especially useful because so many letters have curvy points. Squares will help you to draw straight lines and triangles diagonal lines. If you cannot draw these simple lines, writing letters will be much more difficult.

Next you should actually try writing alphabets. Remember to write them both in lower and upper case so that you’ll practice both of them. If you find it too boring to write alphabets over and over again, you can try writing sentences. One good sentence that I can recommend is “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”. Why is this sentence such a good sentence? Because it has all the letters of the alphabet. And if you write it first with only lower case letters and then only upper case letters, you will practice both of them. But feel free to write whatever you want; the most important thing is that you keep practicing.

Practice left hand writing… but only at home. Writing with your left hand will be very difficult. My hand writing was like a child’s who has started to learn how to use a pen. The letters are big, crocked and you are writing very, very slowly. This is why I recommend that you only practice your writing at home. You don’t want to send notes at work that look like they have been written by a child.

I advise you to use your left hand as much as possible but you should still be careful. Using a sharp knife with your left hand isn’t wise if you still haven’t gotten used to your new left-handed life. It’s just an accident waiting to happen.


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      Nordlys 3 years ago

      To me it was easy.

      I had just to practice a bit on writing, and I can do everything with my left hand.

      I can even use scissors with my left hand, when necessary. And besides writing (about 2 hours in 5 years) I didn't practiced a lot.

      Is also true that, at school (it was about 20 years ago) My Gym teacher noticed that I was partially left handed, and she send me in the left handed group. Maybe to me, developing ambidexterity took so little time because of this.