Cross-dominance and ambidexterity

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    Sep 19, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    Do any of you fall into either category? Obviously most people tend to be either right handed or left handed. However, some of us can use both hands for various tasks (ambidextrous) while some of us prefer one hand for a certain task and the other hand for another (cross-dominant).

    I fall into cross-dominant. I'm predominantly right-handed, however, there are quite a few tasks for which I use my left hand only. My right hand doesn't work at all for those tasks, so I really have no ability to be ambidextrous at all. It's either one hand or the other.

    Some of the things I do with my right hand:
    -eat (spoon, fork, chopsticks)
    -write
    -cut (scissors, kitchen knives)
    -navigate on computer (both on a keypad or mouse)
    -punch

    And things I do with my left hand:
    -masturbate (my right hand doesn't feel good at all)
    -open things (jars, bottles, cans)
    -snap fingers
    -balance on one-arm in handstand (when I was in gymnastics)
    -swing a baseball bat, golf club, or tennis racket
    -gesture (I talk with my hands, with my left hand being far more expressive)


    Those are the main things I can think of for now. I might add more later when I remember them. Anywho, this topic came up while I was visiting my parents. My dad seemed rather surprised when he saw me pop a can of ginger ale with my left hand. He said to me, "I thought you were right handed?" LOL, all these years of raising me and he never noticed that??

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    Sep 19, 2011 5:26 AM GMT
    I do most things left handed (writing hand) except drawing, using forks and chopsticks.
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:40 PM GMT
    A moment ago I tried opening a jar of olives with my right hand. The fucker slipped out of my hand and nearly busted on the floor! Fortunately I caught it just before it hit.
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    I blame the Jews.

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    Sep 20, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    I use scissors right handed... and I think that's the only thing I do right handed. Sometimes I'll jerk off with my right hand, but I prefer my left.

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    Sep 20, 2011 6:44 PM GMT
    I always thought I was ambidextrous since I can do most things with either hand; however, there are definitely things I prefer doing with my right and others with my left.

    Does that make me a cross-dominant ambidextrous?
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    imasrxd saidI always thought I was ambidextrous since I can do most things with either hand; however, there are definitely things I prefer doing with my right and others with my left.

    Does that make me a cross-dominant ambidextrous?


    Interesting! Can you give some examples?
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    I often wonder how many guys jerk off with their left hand as a result of the computer since most mice are equipped for right handers. I don't think that's the case with me though. I truly prefer my left hand because using my right hand doesn't feel good at all. It's a completely different grip. Just doesn't feel right now matter how I adjust my hand.
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:49 PM GMT
    I used to jack off all the time with my right hand, until I wondered if that might make it curve over... so I switched. Today I use either hand.

    I eat and write with my right hand, but after working in Europe for five years I often put the utensil in my left hand.
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    NakedBudd saidI used to jack off all the time with my right hand, until I wondered if that might make it curve over... so I switched. Today I use either hand.

    I eat and write with my right hand, but after working in Europe for five years I often put the utensil in my left hand.


    How did that happen? I didn't think Europeans cared about dexterity anymore (although they did in the past!). I'm pretty sure most of Asia and the Middle East still consider left-handedness as wrong.
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:54 PM GMT
    pocketnico said
    imasrxd saidI always thought I was ambidextrous since I can do most things with either hand; however, there are definitely things I prefer doing with my right and others with my left.

    Does that make me a cross-dominant ambidextrous?


    Interesting! Can you give some examples?


    Well, I can do just about anything with either hand - write, bat, eat, etc. And I'm pretty good with either hand, my writing is perfectly legible for example with both hands. But I find that I do certain things with certain hands. I bat lefty and used to guide rafts lefty when I was a raft guide. I snap with my left and left arm for one-armed handstands. I eat righty and write with my right hand. As for jars, either hand. It all depends on if it's on my right or left when I pick it up. If i grab it with my right hand, I use my left to open it and vice versa. Never really thought much about it....
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    Sep 20, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    imasrxd said
    pocketnico said
    imasrxd saidI always thought I was ambidextrous since I can do most things with either hand; however, there are definitely things I prefer doing with my right and others with my left.

    Does that make me a cross-dominant ambidextrous?


    Interesting! Can you give some examples?


    Well, I can do just about anything with either hand - write, bat, eat, etc. And I'm pretty good with either hand, my writing is perfectly legible for example with both hands. But I find that I do certain things with certain hands. I bat lefty and used to guide rafts lefty when I was a raft guide. I snap with my left and left arm for one-armed handstands. I eat righty and write with my right hand. As for jars, either hand. It all depends on if it's on my right or left when I pick it up. If i grab it with my right hand, I use my left to open it and vice versa. Never really thought much about it....


    Très intéressant!
  • BCSwimmer

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    Sep 20, 2011 7:05 PM GMT
    During elementary school in the 70's I was fully ambidetxtrous. However at that time it was believed that right-handedness indicated a higher level of intelligence (since the right side of the body is controlled by the left side of the brain which is more technical; whereby the left side of the body is controlled by the right side of the brain which is more creative: In the 70's there was more emphasis placed on technical rather than creative thinking).

    As a result my teacher not only encouraged those of us that were ambidextrous to use our right hand but actively discouraged the use of the left hand.

    As a result I am now incapable of writing legibly with my left hand, however remnants of my ambidexterity exist. For example I shoot/play left in hockey and baseball/softball although kick (such as soccer) or throw balls now with my right hand. I am sure had I not been dissuaded from using my left that I would still kick/throw with my left as well (which I can do though not as well). What's the saying "if you don't use it you lose it".

    In the jurisdiction where I attended grade school (the province of British Columbia in Canada) it is my understanding that this approach, of discouraging left-handedness, is no longer practiced.

    The irony is that today it is generally accepted that left-handedness indicates a higher level of ability in many areas of life. q.v. http://health.howstuffworks.com/human-body/parts/left-handed.htm
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    Sep 20, 2011 7:10 PM GMT
    I personally don't see the big deal in whether someone uses their right hand, left hand, or both to do what they need to do. It comes down to a matter of comfort and practicality. Ultimately, whatever gets the job done efficiently.

    I don't think the use of either hand has more of an advantage than the other. Of course most of the world is overwhelming right handed. However, I think the number of left-handed people would be significantly higher if they weren't discouraged from using their left hand.
  • coolarmydude

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    Sep 20, 2011 7:14 PM GMT
    I'm generally right handed, but I fire my weapon left-handed and I have the tendency to pick up a guitar left-handed and play the same, but I consciously strum right-handed because I want to learn it that way. I'm left eye dominant, that's why I shoot left-handed. To test your eyesight dominance, close one eye without thinking about it. If you close your right eye, you're left eye dominant; opposite for closing the left eye.

    A buddy of mine in my unit is left-handed, but fires right-handed and I have never seen such a high concentration of lefties as I have in my unit.
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    Sep 20, 2011 7:16 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidI'm generally right handed, but I fire my weapon left-handed and I have the tendency to pick up a guitar left-handed and play the same, but I consciously strum right-handed because I want to learn it that way. I'm left eye dominant, that's why I shoot left-handed. To test your eyesight dominance, close one eye without thinking about it. If you close your right eye, you're left eye dominant; opposite for the left eye.

    A buddy of mine in my unit is left-handed, but fires right-handed and I have never seen such a high concentration of lefties as I have in my unit.


    Or in my case, the easy way to tell is to read my prescription from the optometrist, which says my astigmatism is worse in my left eye than in my right eye icon_rolleyes.gif

    However, my left ear hears slightly better than my right.
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    Sep 20, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
    pocketnico said
    Or in my case, the easy way to tell is to read my prescription from the optometrist, which says my astigmatism is worse in my left eye than in my right eye icon_rolleyes.gif


    It might be because you roll your eyes often. icon_wink.gif
  • LIM54

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    Sep 20, 2011 7:27 PM GMT
    I feel like every lefty does at least a couple things righty. But not vice versa for some reason. Funny the jerking off topic is mentioned. I'm righty there. Thought that was the norm for us lefties, too. I think of it as driving manual.
  • dancedancekj

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    Sep 20, 2011 7:36 PM GMT
    Nah. Totally right sided, and I use it for pretty much everything. My left side isn't totally useless, but it is just not preferred. Even if I do something with my left side, it is usually in support of what the right is doing.

    Hand mirror in left hand --> Whatever dental work the right hand is doing
    Pirouetting on the left leg --> Right leg is pushing and whipping around
    Left hand holding the frying pan --> Right hand is stirring the food

    Also note that there are (allegedly) no violinists that play with the bow in their left. My conductor told me this was because everyone is just trained to hold their bows in the left hand. This was to promote visual conformity apparently, so it didn't look like the entire violin section was swordfighting while playing.
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    Sep 20, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    dancedancekj saidNah. Totally right sided, and I use it for pretty much everything. My left side isn't totally useless, but it is just not preferred. Even if I do something with my left side, it is usually in support of what the right is doing.

    Hand mirror in left hand --> Whatever dental work the right hand is doing
    Pirouetting on the left leg --> Right leg is pushing and whipping around
    Left hand holding the frying pan --> Right hand is stirring the food

    Also note that there are (allegedly) no violinists that play with the bow in their left. My conductor told me this was because everyone is just trained to hold their bows in the left hand. This was to promote visual conformity apparently, so it didn't look like the entire violin section was swordfighting while playing.


    I never thought about that with violinists! Now I can't help but think how hilarious it would look to see a violin section with people playing with different hands.
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    Sep 20, 2011 7:57 PM GMT
    pocketnico said

    And things I do with my left hand:
    -masturbate (my right hand doesn't feel good at all)


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    Sep 20, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    I'm right hand dominant with some tings, but have some cross-dominance and ambidexterity.
    I write, navigate my cell phone, and hold the tennis racket in my right hand.
    I use my left hand to tie my shoes, open jars, hold a fork or knife.
    I can write with my left hand, it's just that I write a bit slower or my writing comes out like serial killer scrawl. In crew I rowed both port and starboard.