Left-Handed People Are Truly Exceptional, According to Science
College-educated left-handed people earn 10% to 15% more than their right-handed counterparts, according to a 2006 study conducted by researchers from Lafayette College and Johns Hopkins University. Being just about 10% of the total population, there is something exceptional about them — awesome people like Leonardo da Vinci, Bill Gates, Aristotle, and Marie Curie have all been left-handed.
A genius is more likely to be a lefty.
Left-handed people are more likely to be geniuses. It’s no wonder that Albert Einstein was a lefty. While lefties make up for just 10% of the entire population, 20% of all members of MENSA— the world’s largest and oldest society of people with high IQs—were found to be left-handed.
Lefties make better artists.
Research published in the American Journal of Psychology suggests that left-handed people have the upper hand when it comes to creativity. The study shows that they’re better at exploring various out-of-the-box solutions for a problem. A study conducted by The Left-Handers’ Club (a pro-leftie group dedicated to research on left-handedness) with over 2,000 left-handed, right-handed, and ambidextrous participants found that lefties tend to be drawn more to careers in the arts, music, sports, and information technology fields.
Of late, they’ve been successful at becoming US presidents.
3 of the last 5 presidents have been southpaws. President Obama, Bill Clinton, and George H.W. Bush were all lefties, and so were presidents Gerald Ford, James Garfield, and Harry Truman. A recently published Dutch report suggests that left-handed politicians have the upper hand in televised debates. This is due to the fact that right-handed gestures are normally associated with positivity and left-handed gestures with negativity. And since television actually shows a mirror image, the lefties appear to be right-handed.
They have an advantage in sports.
Lefties are in a position of advantage in one-on-one sports like tennis, badminton, and boxing. In his book, The Puzzle of Left-Handedness, linguist Rik Smits explains that both left-handed and right-handed athletes usually train against right-handed opponents. So when right-handed players face a left-handed opponent, they are unprepared. On the other hand, the left-handed player is prepared for a right-handed opponent.
They make good fighters.
In a 2005 French study, researchers found that in peaceful societies lefties made up just about 3% of the population whereas their numbers soared as high as 27% in warlike zones. Scientists postulate that the reason behind this discrepancy is the fact that lefties have a physical advantage over righties because of their unexpected left hook.