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Left Handers Fact... or Fiction?

'Left handed people are more creative & intelligent (high IQ)'


Bill Clinton is one of the 7 left handed US presidents so far.
Barack Obama is the 7th left handed American president!


• Five out of the last 7 US presidents were left handed;
• Four out of five original Macintosh computer designers were left handed;
• One out of four Apollo astronauts was left handed;
• Mensa - the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world - claims that 20% of their members are left handed - while less than 10% of the world population is left handed;
• And... Albert Einstein was likely a lefty!

Left hand

One in ten of the world's population is left-handed, Lefthanders International states. Men are 1.5 times more prone to left-handedness than women are, while information also states there is a tendency for one of a pair of twins to be left-handed.

Of course... this doesn't apply to every 'lefty', but how come that so many left-handed people have a high intelligence profile?

APRIL 28, 2008 + THE 2011 UPDATE!!!

Author: Karmen Horvat & Antonija Zbiljski - Javno.com

Left-handers differ from right-handed people just by preferring to use their left hand for various activities like reaching for things, throwing, showing and catching. Still, they were often stigmatised for being allies of evil forces and the devil himself. For instance, at the beginning of the 17th century, there was a belief in France that the devil 'Christened' his followers with his left hand.
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Left-handedness and intelligence

Mensa claims 20 percent of its members (all have a high IQ) are left-handed, and statistics show that there are more sinistral people with highest IQ scores than right-handed people. This was proven by the research of doctor Alan Searleman of the St. Lawrence University in New York, showing that left-handed people are intellectually advanced in most cases, as well as that they have more developed language skills than right-handed people do. Perhaps this is the reason why left-handed people are more dominant in creative professions.

Unusual facts

Most left-handed people face the right side when writing or drawing. Stuttering and dyslexia are more common in left-handed people and they easily adjust to watching under water. They excel in sports like tennis (famous Croatian Wimbledon winner Goran Ivanisevic for instance), baseball and swimming. Scientists have discovered that sinistral people reach puberty four to five months earlier than right-handers.

Four out of five original Macintosh computer designers were left-handed, as well as twenty five percent of Apollo astronauts. However, research has shown that left-handed people live significantly shorter than right-handed people, perhaps the reason why is the fact they live in a 'right-orientated' world. How come that the average left hander appears to have a relative high IQ / high intelligence profile? Is the average 'lefty' (slightly) more intelligent?

Causes of left-handedness

Hand orientation develops in unborn babies and it is often the hand which the baby keeps closest to its mouth. Still, recent research shows that genetics is involved in the process of deciding which hand someone will use. During the middle of 2007, LRRTM1 was discovered, the first gene connected with the appearance of left-handedness, as well as psychic illnesses like schizophrenia.

There is also the Geschwind theory, named after its author, neurologist Norman Geschwind, who claims if a child is exposed to larger testosterone levels before birth, it will be left-handed.

Everyday problems from the left angle

As the entire world, one might say, is right-orientated, left-handed people often feel clumsy and gawky. For instance, scissors, knives, can openers, cash machines everything was made for right-handed people. Of course, imaginative house appliance manufacturers saw a chance to earn money here and in Western European countries there are a large number of specialised shops for the left-handed, as well as online.

Such products largely make everyday life easier for land-handed people, who confirm it themselves, posting on Internet forums, saying they feel less singled out, clumsy and awkward.
2011 UPDATE:

During the 20th century the USA - the most powerfull country during that century - was lead by 17 USA presidents, 6 were left-handed presidents . Even more impressive: 5 out of the last 7 USA presidents were left-handed:

  • Gerarl R. Ford (1974 - 1977): Left-handed
  • Jimmy Carter (1977 - 1981): Right-handed
  • Ronald Reagan (1981 - 1989): Left-handed
  • George H.W. Bush (1989 - 1993): Left-handed
  • Bil Clinton (1993 - 2001): Left-handed
  • George W. Bush (2001 - 2009): Right-handed
  • Barack Obama (2009 - ?): Left-handed

    By the way, did you know that Senator John McCain is a 'lefty' as well - so if Barack Obama had lost the presidential campaign the Americans would have been confronted with another left handed US president anyway!

    Can intelligence be assessed from the hands of the US presidents? Learn more about the hands of the last 10 US presidents at: TIME's Presidential Palm Readings: From Barack Obama to John F. Kennedy

    The photos below include the US presidents from 1974 to 2009 - including 5 'lefties':

    Gerald Ford - a LEFT handed US president. Jimmy Carter - a RIGHT handed US president. Ronald Reagan - a LEFT handed US president. George H.W. Bush - a LEFT handed US president. Bill Clinton - a LEFT handed US president. George W. Bush - a RIGHT handed US president. Barack Obama - a LEFT handed US president.

    NOTICE: Please be aware that left-handedness also can have some less favourable side-effects including:
    a higher frequency of autism, dyslexia, delayed puberty & a shorter life span.


    Talk to the Hand
    TIME's Presidential Palm Readings: From Barack Obama to John F. Kennedy
    Albert Einstein's hands & brain: probably another lefty!
    Handedness, Finger length & Palm shape asymmetry
    The Hands of left-handed twins
    IQ-test: DMIT - The 'Dermatoglyphics Multiple Intelligence Test' (= a commercial product)
    BOOK: Your left-handed child
    Left-handed men may think more like women
    Left-handed people are more likely to hesitate
    Handedness & leadership Styles
    The origins of left-handedness
    Gay men and lesbians have about a 50 percent greater chance of being left-handed or ambidextrous