Being a left hander, there are many things that I do instinctively with my left arm.
I also have better eyesight and better hearing on the left side of my body. Surprisingly though, I cannot start running with my left leg, and I lack control over my left hand while playing the piano. All these things have to do with the degrees of left handedness we experience. This test actually makes you realise that your body isn’t always aligned with whichever hand you use, and everything is really just based on perception and habit. Interested in seeing how “left-handed” you are? Even if you’re right-handed, check out this test.
1. Fold your arms. Which forearm is uppermost?
2. Tilt your head over onto one shoulder. Which shoulder does it touch?
3. Put your hands behind your back, one holding the other. Which hand is doing the holding?
Left. (Okay, this is getting a little boring.)
4. Wink at an imaginary friend straight in front of you. Which eye does the winking?
Left. (I can only wink with my left eye, somehow.)
5. Look at a small distant object, and point directly at it with your forefinger. Now close one eye. Now switch eyes. Which eye was open when the fingertip remained in line with the small object?
(When the non-dominant eye is open and the dominant eye is closed, the finger will appear to move to one side of the object.) Neither, I don’t have a dominant eye.
6. Imagine you are applauding. Start clapping your hands. Which hand is uppermost?
7. Imagine the centre of your back is itching. Which hand do you use to scratch it?
Left — very simple, this one.
8. Someone in front of you is shouting, but you cannot hear the words. Cup your ear to hear better. Which ear did you cup?
I didn’t cup my ear. I leaned forward — left ear in front though.
9. Interlock your fingers. Which thumb is uppermost?