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Lefties do it right

Are left-handed people the more creative ones?

While it is true that all people see or perceive the world in a different way, there is a certain generality that science has helped to clarify, such as the types of laterality of the body, the skills or abilities that are related to the supremacy over one or another side of the brain, and how this can influence the way we perceive situations.

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And although there are numerous studies on the dominance of the right side of the brain in left-handed people and the relationship that could exist with the further development of creativity and visual or spatial skills, the studies are not conclusive and continue to be the subject of research and debate.

However, the explosive creativity that renowned artists have shown us over time, such as Vincent van Gogh and Albrecht Dürer, among others, are a wonderful coincidence in terms of colour, creativity and imagination with these theories.

For the scientist Martin Gardner, given that in the right hemisphere the taste, the capacity for music and the genius are also controlled and that left-handed people have better developed this dominance, it could explain that they are more creative thinkers. In addition, let us keep in mind that most of the time, they must deal with objects and realities thought of in the right hand, and this awakens their capacity to resolve the situation and adapt.

Between 10% and 13% of the global population are left-handed. The laterality is formed in the first years of life, it can still change, but should be consolidated by the time the children start school so that they can devote their full attention to the teaching content. Faber-Castell therefore designs most of the utensils for learning to write in such a way that they can continue to be used even when the handicap is still changing before school.

The Scribolino school fountain pen by Faber-Castell, on the other hand, has been optimised for right- or left-handed use and is available with a specific grip section in each case, because this supports the important three-finger grip for the preferred writing hand. In order to ensure that the ink flows well, the angle of the nib to the paper must also be optimally aligned on the left-handed model.
And while being left-handed, for a long time it had a negative connotation, forcing many even to become right-handed, today we appreciate the creativity, ingenuity and greatness of right brain dominance!