Or is it just talk? Is it a sign of being a devil (as was thought in the 15th century) or are they creative whizzes set to do good for the world?
Well, we did some research and found that there may be more fact than fiction in this belief.
A big finding was that lefties can be better at lateral thinking and able to deal with diverse, wide-ranging ideas. Research undertaken by The American Journal of Psychology surveyed more than 2,000 left, right and ambi-dexterous folk and found that left handers tended towards more arty careers (like music, sport, IT). Other research has shown that left handers can be right hemisphere dominant, which is responsible for pictures, abstraction and daydreaming (although forgetfulness too). And if parrots, which are left footed and known for their creativity in being able to mimic sounds, are anything to go by, then this might be some proof as to why lefties are more ‘linguistically-capable’ than others.
Dr Sealman, who held another lefty-study found that: “Left-handers have a higher ‘fluid’ intelligence and better vocabulary than the majority of the population. This is perhaps why there are more of them in creative professions, such as music, art and writing.”
And not only can lefties be brainy, they can match brain with brawn: fighting sports often favour left handed fighters(also known as ‘Southpaws’) because their stances are unexpected and opponents are less used to it.
Left handers are not only creative in attitude, jobs and fighting, they also make damn good US Presidents. Obama, Clinton, George W Bush, Ford, Garfield and Truman were all true lefties. There’s even talk that Regan was born a leftie, but was educated to be a righty at school.
So being Southpaw’s, we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate #LeftHandersDay by asking all agency staff to draw a postcard sized self-portrait, with their left hand. The masterpieces will feature as staff members profile picture on our website for the day, so make sure you check it out.