Caitlin Flynn
Updated Dec 01, 2016 @ 3:07 pm
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Aside from the fact that I was robbed of the opportunity to use colorful gel pens as a tween (it was rough, guys, let me tell you), I absolutely love being left-handed. Of course, I didn’t grow up during the era when left-handedness was associated with the devil, so I guess you could say I had it pretty easy. But, we do have some traits that set us apart from right-handers because if you’re left handed, your brain may work differently.

There’s another interesting take on why left-handers may be more creative than others — although it’s purely speculative at this point. Growing up left-handed makes us different from our peers and fosters what’s known as an “outsider’s mindset.” This can make us more likely to embrace independence and non-conformity — qualities that are associated with creative thinking.

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Another important finding could be hugely beneficial for doctors treating left-handed patients with anxiety and other mental illnesses.

We may not be aiding and abetting the devil in secret, but science shows that left-handers are different from their right-handed peers in some fascinating ways. It looks like our mothers were right when they told us we were special!