Becoming ambidextrous, improving brain functions?

2 years, 10 months ago

I’m right-handed, and was wondering that if I learned how to equally use my left hand for everything than would it improve my creativity. Left handers use the right side of the brain more and that’s the creative side… sooo I was wondering how this would work out. Other than being able to say I’m ambidextrous, I want to improve more on how I use my brain.

June 6, 2012 at 6:22 pm

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Profile photo of Ryan Ryan (@ryanj) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m trying the same thing right now! Even though half of my writting that I hand in for schools looks as though it written by a five year old, I’m beggining to notice improvement :) another thing I like to do is write math and science with my right hand and english and etc class with my left , just based on the theory though.

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Profile photo of Brandon Phillips Brandon Phillips (@brandonphillips) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@ryanj, I bet it’s a lot of work. I’ve been doing a lot of challenges lately out of self-improvement andsuch, and I think this one will be the most difficult and demanding.

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Profile photo of Sisyphus Sisyphus (@sisyphus) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

One way to find out. I say go for it because even if it doesn’t work, you’ll be ambidextrous which is fucking badass.

Personally I disagree with the theory. I’m right handed but I’m much more interested in the arts and daydreaming for hours than *shudder* Math…

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Profile photo of Kidd Kidd (@kidd) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I agree with @sisyphus. Sure, most people are right handed, but I don’t think that necessarily means there’s something special about the way left handed people think.

I’m right handed and I’m always writing and drawing. That’s not exactly something you can do without creativity.

That being said, I think the best way to teach yourself to be ambidextrous would be to start all over. In kindergarten and first grade when you’d have the writing exercises again and again, you did that so you would learn to write. And after learning to write, you’d do it over and over again so your handwriting was legible. You learned through repetition.

I say do that. Make yourself a worksheet you’d find in elementary school and use your left hand to make A’s and B’s and C’s. Grab a coloring book and use your left hand as you try to stay in the lines. Don’t allow yourself to use your right hand, because I’m sure that’s already rather coordinated.

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Profile photo of Skullpanda3433 Skullpanda3433 (@skullpanda3433) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I was always ambidextrous… Although I’ll admit my right-hand handwriting looks like a stroke victim’s, I always impress myself when I write w/out trying.

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I dig it.

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Profile photo of SumtinProphetic SumtinProphetic (@sumtinprophetic) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I separated my clavicle from my sternum once and didn’t have the strength in my right arm to throw at all for over a year. Being so active, I couldn’t sit on the sidelines while my buddies would throw the football/frisbee/baseball or whatever… so I started to throw with my left arm.

After the first time I promised myself I’d try and become ambidextrous. I would practice the throwing motion with both arms whenever I’d just be hanging out. I’d literally hold a baseball or football and go through the motions – right, left, right left. I did this with my left arm in order to develop the muscles, and more importantly muscle memory, in my left arm and shoulder that I’ve never used before; and would interchangeably go through the motion with my right arm to get a feel for how I should be doing it with the left.

I practiced this for a few months and I still switch which arm I throw with to this day. Now I can toss a football 55+ yards with my right arm and 40+ with my left. The same % difference is roughly the same for racket sports, and other throwing sports… so I wouldnt’ say I’m fully there yet.

I haven’t tried to do this with writing because my right hand’s handwriting is awful as it is. I know different parts of the brain are used when playing sports vs drawing or writing, so I’d have to assume being ambidextrous in either capacity would have different results.

From experience, all I can say is @kidd is right, practice and repition is key. It’s all a matter of muscle memory, which is something you can definitely train your brain to do. It just takes time and patience.

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Profile photo of TheSkaFish TheSkaFish M (@theskafish) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@brandonphillips, funny you should mention this, I’m trying the same thing now, with the same goals in mind. Though I don’t know if it really matters to creativity, just one example but there have been several successful musicians who have been righty’s. I don’t try to do things that are already challenging enough with my right hand, such as guitar or playing certain sports, but I do try to incorporate my left hand in most other things like opening doors, picking things up, occasionally writing, etc.

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