Left-Handed People Face Many Unique Challenges

Left-Handed People Face Many Unique Challenges

The majority of the world caters to righties, which makes sense seeing as the vast majority of people on Earth are right-handed. (Don't worry, we still love you, lefties!) But where does that leave the lefties? Left-handed people have unique struggles that righties do not, such as a higher likelihood of having illnesses like schizophrenia, dyslexia, and alcoholism. Beyond those challenges, there's also a social stigma against lefties, which is stronger in some parts of the world than others. Watch the video below to learn why some people hate lefties.

Why People Hate Lefties

In plenty of parts of the world, there is a social stigma against lefties.

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from Stuff Mom Never Told You - HowStuffWorks

Key Facts In This Video

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    The word "left" comes from "lyft," which means broken. (0:37)

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    A explanation for the discomfort with left-handedness may be that is deviates from the norm, seeing as 90% of people are righties. (1:04)

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    Neurologists and psychoanalysts once believed children should be taught right-handedness, even if it meant tying the left hand behind the back. (1:49)

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