Creepy Reason Using Your Left Hand Used To Be Frowned Upon

Aug 11, 2017

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Dr Nicole Thomas from Flinders Uni reveals one of the weirder reasons why left-handers used to be discouraged.

“Historically a lot of people in particular cultures have really frowned upon the use of the left hand,” Dr Thomas told Alan Hickey on Friday. “Some aboriginal cultures or cultures with particular beliefs, particularly in Asia, have an association with the left side as being bad and the right side as being good.”

She said Christianity had also associated the left with evil.

“That would be why particularly in western cultures, up until the 1950s or 60s even, people were still forced to write with their right hand even if they preferred the left.”

“Throughout history culture has also shaped the prevalence of left and right-handedness.”

But truth is probably more mundane:

“The root cause of it seems that biologically some people just prefer to use their left hand for performing certain actions,” Dr Thomas said.

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