Have you ever wondered how many people are ambidextrous? Well, stick around, and you’ll be sure to find out. Quick spoiler: They aren’t very common. Throughout your day, you likely don’t think much about handedness. It’s just like breathing or sleeping. However, you might be surprised to know it plays a huge part in human psychology, language, intelligence, and learning. Many of you likely know what it’s like to be right or left handed but have no idea what it’s like being ambidextrous. There are many benefits to being ambidextrous, but it also had disadvantages most don’t consider. Here are 25 Bizarre Facts About Being Ambidextrous.
People tend to confuse ambidextrous with ambisinistral. Those who are ambisinistral have tried to train their brain to write or do something with both hands but are not as proficient. It’s described as both hands being as skilled as a right-hander’s left hand.
While right-handers are dominant on the left side of their brain, the ambidextrous have symmetrical brain hemispheres. This means their brains don’t divide duties rigidly.
The downside to having symmetrical brain functionality is balancing emotions and feelings. A recent study of left-handed and ambidextrous people found that they struggled with anger, having negative emotions, and managing their emotions.
Ambidextrous people with symmetrical brains are also at risk of having cognitive problems. One study analyzed 8,000 Finnish children; it showed that mixed-handed children had a higher rate of having learning and attention difficulties such as ADHD. By age 8, they were twice as likely to have learning difficulties.
Studies have shown that testosterone plays a key factor in symmetrical formations of the brain, which links to people becoming ambidextrous. This also explains the higher prevalence of left-handedness and mixed-handedness among men.