Our brain is an amazing machine in which each “part” is responsible for its own task. However, unlike real machines, our brain is capable of developing, and some of its areas can play the role of other areas.
It is commonly believed that people become right- or left-handed because of the development of the brain hemispheres. This means that if you are right-handed, your left hemisphere is underdeveloped. How to solve this problem? Just start writing and drawing with both hands!
Every person has a leading hand that they are used to doing things with. Try writing something with the other hand – it is unlikely to succeed! But such exercises are very useful, because they force the brain to move away from familiar patterns of behavior and look for new solutions.
What are the benefits of two-handed writing and painting? When we draw with both hands at once, our brain is fully engaged! Both hemispheres work at the same time, new neural connections are formed, and we become smarter, even though we seem to have spent time at rest. Try it and see for yourself.
The benefits of developing the left hand (for right-handed people):
- Development of both hemispheres of the brain;
- Formation of new neural connections;
- Convenience. In life, it will be possible to use both hands for necessary situations, and not to depend only on one hand;
- Development of fine motor skills.
A person who can use both hands/feet equally is called an ambidextrous person. To develop such skills and become an ambidextrous person, you can order special two-handed writing.
However, there are few qualitative scientific studies on this topic. But from what I have found, I have come to the following conclusions:
- If a person is an ambidextrous from birth, then such people are more likely to have psychological problems than “one-armed” people. And there are more people with non-traditional sexual orientation among such people;
- However, it is quite different if a person was originally one-armed, but then developed ambidextrousness during his life. There are many pluses here.
To many people the idea of writing with both hands may seem strange, but the practice is actually as effective as it is simple. Think of Leonardo da Vinci: he was both a brilliant painter (right hemisphere) and a talented engineer (left hemisphere). As an ambidextrous artist, that is, using almost equally both hands, da Vinci actively worked with both hemispheres. He alternated between his right and left hands when writing and painting.
Each of the two hands is controlled by the opposite side of the brain: the right hand by the left hemisphere and vice versa. Therefore, when both hands interact, both hemispheres also interact.
In addition to developing the ability to think, create and make better decisions, two-handed writing is also useful for managing emotions and self-control.
Where to begin?
To learn to write with both hands, you must first learn to draw with both hands. There are a few exercises that will help you with this:
- Drawing by contour. It’s simple: draw the outline of a simple symmetrical picture (or download a ready-made one from the Internet), take a felt-tip pen in both hands, and trace the picture along the lines you’ve marked on both sides;
- Drawing on half of an outline. Almost the same, but the outline will only be on one half of the picture. For right-handed people on the left and for left-handed people on the right. This way we will make it harder, but help the subordinate hand a little;
- Drawing without an outline. This is more difficult! Think of a theme and draw the picture yourself, without the blanks. Again, start with something simple and symmetrical: a butterfly, a house, a flower;
- Coloring. Also a great practice. Don’t just circle or draw an object, but also color it. At first, you can paint in one direction, and then in different directions;
- Drawing asymmetrical pictures. This is exercise for the aces of two-handed painting. Your brain will resist, but only at first. And then the task will get easier.
Once you have mastered asymmetric drawings, it is time to move on to writing letters.