Can you do anything well with your non-dominant hand/side?

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I'm right-handed. But I can snap my fingers using my left hand much better than on my right. Not exactly a skill to put on my resume but whatever. I carry my purse on my left shoulder too; it feels strange on my right side. When I took karate I also felt more comfortable punching from my left.

What about you? Or are you ambidextrous?
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I'm right handed. My left thumb is more flexible than my right so making 3 is easier with my left.

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I can play the castanets with my left just as well as with my right. I can't write with my left hand to save my life.

I skateboard left sided. And when I rolled my own cigarettes, I evidently rolled them left sided (it was 1996, I was at Berkeley, and I thought I was cool.... but I wasn't.)

I cannot file my nails with my left hand. I hold the file and move my right hand back and forth.
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No. I'm right handed and can't do anything with my left unless my right is involved.
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I can also snap better with my left hand and open jars and bottles better with my left.
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my left hand is useless. i can do more with my feet.
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I'm guessing most of you righties don't realize it but you're more comfortable opening bathroom stalls with your left hand. In my informal poll of places I use, the stalls are most often set up to open with the left hand, I assume thinking that will lead to increased cleanliness since most people use their right hands for dirty business....


Because most of the US is designed for righties, there's a lot I can do with my right hand. Shifting gears in a car, adjusting windshield wipers, using scissors, etc. I have been known at random to write things with my right hand just because often something is set up so there is a clip on a clipboard, rings on a notebook, etc., in the way if you want to write left handed.

I am an abject failure when it comes to mousing with the left hand, which is unfortunate and ironic because I had a bout of tendonitis in my right wrist where switching hands would have been a nice option. I am better at opening gates from horseback with my right hand, and can only throw a rope with my right hand. I tend to throw/catch right handed since most of the time only left hand gloves are available.

The strangest left-side only thing I have (to me) is that I can NOT talk on the phone with it on my right ear. I can hold the phone with my right hand while taking a note on something, but the phone has to be on the left side.
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I'm ambidextrous. I favor my right with writing and drawing because it's faster. If I worked at it more it'd probably be the same. I keep saying I will, but usually I just do it for the occasional "look what I can do" trick. I tend to use whatever hand is convenient, with some weird preferences here and there.
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I can mouse with my right hand and open a combination locker with my right hand. I think that's about it.
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I can play the castanets with my left just as well as with my right. I can't write with my left hand to save my life.
Originally Posted by Curlyminx
I read this twice as canasta. I need to slow down my reading.

NETG! I'm a leftie and the same way with a phone! It absolutely has to be on my left ear. There is no way I can mouse with my left hand either.
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I'm a righty and before I got old and decrepit, I used to snowboard "goofy" (backwards/left-dominant).
I've only played canasta once or twice as a young girl.

I don't recall what hand I held my cards in. But probably my left, just like when I play cards with my mom now.

And the castanets I haven't used in years and years. My mom put me in dance classes as a child. Ballet folklorico and spanish dance.

I loved those classes.
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dont you need both hands to cast a net?
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Actually, I just use a smile to cast a net.
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Actually, I just use a smile to cast a net.
Originally Posted by Curlyminx

and i only wear a smile when i use a castanet
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well i was a lefty forced to conform to a righty as a kid so i naturally do things with my left without even realizing it. for ex, when i was in a sewing class the teacher observed me for awhile then just blurted out "luvmylocs, are you left handed". since there's less true writing these days i don't really feel like my right gets radically more use than my left. i think i shower/clean with both hands, for fun sometimes i brush my teeth with my left.

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I am right handed, but I do any tumbling (cartwheels, round-offs, walkovers, etc.) left handed/footed.
well i was a lefty forced to conform to a righty as a kid so i naturally do things with my left without even realizing it. for ex, when i was in a sewing class the teacher observed me for awhile then just blurted out "luvmylocs, are you left handed". since there's less true writing these days i don't really feel like my right gets radically more use than my left. i think i shower/clean with both hands, for fun sometimes i brush my teeth with my left.

i'm a lefty tucked in a righties world!!
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
So strange that people used to do that to lefties...
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I'm right handed, but I crochet with my left hand. This is because my dad is the one who taught me to crochet. He is left handed, but his tribe believed it to be a curse, so he was PUNISHED every time he used his left until he only used his right. He is now a naturalized ambidextrous person (I say naturalized because he wasn't born that way). He cooks with his left, irons clothes with his left etc. I can iron with my left hand and I can snap with both hands equally. I can't write with my left. My dad can cursive with both his hands, I think that's super cool!!!

I also wear my purse on my left side. I cannot do it on my right, it just feels awkward and it keeps sliding off.
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I'm a righty and before I got old and decrepit, I used to snowboard "goofy" (backwards/left-dominant).
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