Our handedness is natural and instinctive. We choose the dominant hand for a task without thinking based on the way our brain is wired. And we don’t always use just one side as our preference.
The hand you write with is often used as the main determinant of handedness. This is because it is a complex task using fine motor skills that involve many muscles and require a lot of practice. Sadly, in years past, children were forced at school to write with their right hand only and this caused angst and poor handwriting for the rest of their lives as well as a false identification of being right-handed.
We regularly receive comments from people who use a different hand for a particular task. We have combined and modified a few different tests to give you a good idea on how left-handed you are:
If every question is answered as “Left”, then Congratulations! You are a 100% Lefty!
However, most of us will have at least one of these questions answered as a right-hander. This is described as “mixed laterality” and is often seen in the difference between one-handed tasks (such as writing) and two-handed tasks (such as batting or guitar). And the more of those you have shows us that you are usually one of the more adaptable people to their right-handed environment.
And don’t worry about differences. You may be left-handed but right eye dominant (quite common) or right-footed. It makes you the unique person you are.
There may also be some who have no hand preference for a particular task or they can perform a task equally well with either hand. Being ambidextrous (ambidexterity) means that you can do all tasks equally well with either hand. Less than 1% of the population is truly ambidextrous.