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Writing with two hands?

  1. Jan 30, 2010 #1


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    Any one has ever tried to write with both hands?

    I mean being able to do it, I guess if you have a dominated hand, you should practice a lot with your hand writing skill with the "dormant" hand.

    Do you remember your first grade assignements which asked you to write down a few alphabetical letters repeatededly, I guess it's a skill as every other skill, and if I wish to acquire it with my left hand I should do it excessively like in elementary school.

    The only advantage for having hand writing skill with both hands is to shorten the overload on one hand.
    The big disadvantage is having to relearn this skill...
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  3. Jan 30, 2010 #2


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    My mom taught us how to learn to write with both hands, but I'm right-handed, and rarely use my left hand. My mom and youngest brother are left-handed. My mother-in-law is left-handed. My son is left-handed.
  4. Jan 30, 2010 #3
    Actually it will help with your memory, and a few other things as well. It might sharpen some of your cognitive skills as well. What happens is (from what I understand) since you've been writing with the same hand since you've known how to write, your brain makes a habit, and just continually strengthens the neural connections needed in the brain to write with your dominant hand, while things related to the dormant one either get weaker from lack of use or are nonexistant. Switching out of the routine you put your brain in increases bloodflow to your brain and strengthens neural connections and networks and makes quicker routes to different neural pathways in your brain, making it quicker to access certain things in your brain. So learning to write with your left hand, or brush your teeth with your left hand, or to break yourself out of normal routines like those mentioned, increase bloodflow and strengthens and creates new pathways and networks for your brain. So if you want to think of it that way, then that's a HUGE advantage to add to your list :)
  5. Jan 30, 2010 #4
    I can write with both hands, and for a short period, tried writing with both at the same time. This was far more difficult and came out very slowly. Co-ordination at the beginning was terrible! I got a little better at it with practice, which isn't saying very much, and then ultimately gave up. It was fun though.
  6. Jan 30, 2010 #5
    I have been working on that for a few weeks. I also plan to write with closed eyes, visualizing the lines and edges of the sheets before moving on to unlined paper. I'll also try variations such as upside-down and mirror.

    Eventually, I'll be attempting crisp lines and circles.
  7. Jan 30, 2010 #6


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    Ah, I see you're getting good at typing with both hands.

    I learned how to type with both hands, too. Eventually, though, I let each hand specialize and now each hand just concentrates on typing only its assigned letters.
  8. Jan 30, 2010 #7
    Just wait till you try using a pointing device, such as a "mouse," with no more than wrist movement!

    -Er, I just caught what you mean. Deleted duplicate post. :rofl:
  9. Jan 30, 2010 #8
    I always tried to write with both hands but failed utterly. I can dribble a basketball fairly proficiently with both hands if that counts for something haha.
  10. Jan 31, 2010 #9
    when I was younger I was able to write with both hands no problems and I could also write backwards hmph. I was quite a weird child.
  11. Jan 31, 2010 #10


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    I have always written with one hand.

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