Picture of Train yourself to be ambidextrous
Have you ever wanted to be able to use both hands equally well?
Afraid of what would happen if your dominant hand broke?
I will show you how to become ambidextrous!

Any input from people who have already successfully done this would be greatly appreciated.
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Step 1: Day one

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I am righthanded, so I will be attempting to become a lefty as well. Obviously, lefthanded people will be trying to become righties.

Today, practice your handwriting. Write your name and the alphabet, along with a few straight lines and a few circles or curves (useful for cursive as well as printing...letters are just lines and curves after all!), with your non dominant hand. Do it with your dominant hand first. See how pretty you write? This is the benchmark. This is how well you will write with your other hand when we're done.

If you're like me, on this the first day, your straight lines will look like bacon strips. Not to worry, you'll get better the more you practice.

Along with handwriting, try to do a few things consistently with your left hand. You want to be able to shave/put on makeup with your nondominant hand eventually, but for now, just put on your foundation with your left hand, or just shave one or two strokes.

Step 2: Day two

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Today, brush your teeth with your left hand. Then, when you take a shower, turn on the water, reach for/use the soap, reach for/use the towel,dry off, and brush your hair with your left hand. Write a note to yourself on the mirror with a greaseboard marker so you won't forget. Put your watch on your right wrist. Put a sign on the refridgerator to remind yourself to use your left hand to get out food and get a drink of water. We'll save learning to eat with your other hand for another day. Also, practice your handwriting just like yesterday.
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According to my parents, I was a lefty when I was younger, but then at the age of around 3, I remember changing. I know why.
When I was younger, I felt obligated to use things because I felt bad when I didn't use them as often as other things, ex. my stuffed animals were always in use and being switched back and forth and I slept switching sides every night. YES, I had empathy for inanimate objects... DONT JUDGE ME... So, I guess I was born a lefty, felt bad for my right hand, and then I must've battled between my two hands for a while, until I settled down on my right one. I'm 14 now, and the whole empathy for inanimate objects thing shows up every once in a while each year. I can use my left hand pretty well though. I also had a weird thing with seeing and becoming addicted to touching textures when i was little. That's how i gave myself a scar when I was 3.
Robin-10 months ago

I would give my right hand to be ambidextrous!

Hahaha. Ya nailed it.
jsavoia11 month ago

literally the only thing i do is write with my right hand, so does this mean i'm left handed? although i can do some things as well as my right hand as well. im so confused. does anyone have any suggestions please thank you

ambidextrous is different from cross-dominance tho

yes! I have done this! glade to have met up with you. Making my blog to help others. I'm passionate about this subject. you know you can suffer burn-out phases if you do not have anyone there for you. it's really hard to do alone, but I have done it. thats why I want to be around for people will help you guide though it as soon as my partners help with building the site

Axl Axialis2 years ago
I'd tried some of the work before reading the instruction. I'm no longer right-handed - mixed-handed in fact. However, things have gone so awkward some how for me. Every household, pen, pencil, etc. are specially designed for the righties. Is there a shop that sell things for the lefties (not for the ambi)? I want to perform with different tools

For me, I just hold it differently. I can use right-handed scissors with my left hand, but I have to hold it further up than usual. Gripping pencils and pens for me doesn't change, and pretty much everything else I just flip it. I don't think you need to spend money on getting something customer designed for lefties unless you're having extreme difficulties. Otherwise, you should just be able to flip it and use it with your opposite hand.

Lithium Rain (author)  Axl Axialis2 years ago
I bet Amazon has those. There may also be other projects on Instructables to make or modify household items to better serve a leftie.
Axl Axialis2 years ago
oh, thanks very much! By the way, I'm always forbidden by my parents. They asked: 'What's wrong with you? Is there anything with your right hand?' How should I persuade them to stop prohibiting me? This is my greatest challenge!

I was punished by my grandparents when I was caught writing with my left hand. Because of that, I didn't know I was left handed until I was eight. All I knew up to then was that I did some things left handed and other things right handed. The reason they did that though was because there's some weird superstition that anything "abnormal" is bad luck, especially form my conservative lifestyle growing up. That, and my grandparents were extremely religious.

popmomcorn3 years ago
so when i was in preschool until kindergarten i would continuously switch hands while holding a pencil. they got fed up and forced me to pick. i chose right, not really because it felt better, but it was the first word that came to mind. my handwriting is very poor, i am worse at any kind of sport than anyone. both my mother and grand mother are left handed, i think i am too. what do you guys think?

Put your hands together, and see which thumb is on top. If it's your right, you're most likely a lefty. If it's not, you're probably a righty. However, this isn't a guarantee.

I think it depends. The percentage of a child to be left-handed who has both mother and father lefties is approximately 26% only. You don't have to be worried much about this
Since you are starting from the beginning, it still may be difficult, but i do think you should try writing lefthanded. it makes sense.
akarimco2 years ago
My problem is that I'm already semi-ambidextrous; I'm left-handed, but I do many things right-handed. I prefer my mouse in my right hand, I bowl right-handed, and I tend to operate knobs/levers/etc with my right hand. I guess for someone like me I would have to pay more attention to which hand I use for what and then try and swap it. I am definitely terrible at writing and eating with my right hand, so perhaps those should be my main focus. I'm not particularly interested in being able to do these things ambidextrously, but I am interested in the effect it will have on the brain.

I don't know if it affects the brain. I grew up right-handed all my life, even though I was left-handed. However, even before I made efforts to better my left-handed writing, there were already indicators that I was left-handed. For example, I opened bottles, doors, and jars with my left hand. I throw with my left-hand. I play baseball/ softball with my left hand, and I can play tennis with my left hand too, even though I play dominantly righty. And ever since seventh grade I used both hands to write in school. But I never really paid any attention to these things until in the last couple months, so I don't think it makes that big of a difference. But for people who are truly ambidextrous and not just knowing how to use both hands might think differently.

Advar akarimco1 year ago
Ditto, but r vs l.
You get questions about "why are you using that hand?" too? Mine was crushed years ago and it took many months to recover. I still do some things better with my "off" hand. Usefull.

I think this is great, and for those of you out there who are trying this, great job! I was born originally left-handed, but was raised by my conservative grandparents as a righty. They used to spank my hand if they caught me writing with my left. However, when I moved to America with my parents, I kept on writing right-handed since it was the way I was taught. Now, though, I am fully ambidextrous to the point where in class I switch hands while writing notes. I'll do this because I write in binders, and the rings always get in the way of my arm. I also play tennis, but I play that right-handed too because my mom didn't know that I was originally left-handed. However, even thought it is weaker, I can still play with my left hand now. My tip is that in order for you to become truly ambidextrous is practice. You have do to things with the opposite hand so much that it has to become natural to you. Some things will be more natural and won't need fixing, like me. I never think twice about opening bottles or doors with my left hand, but same goes for me shaking hands with other people with my right hand. All in all, it takes a lot of work. Try starting over with those kindergarten handouts where they first teach you to write. Those can help a lot, even if you feel stupid while doing it. Other than that, I have nothing else to say. So good luck to those who are striving for perfect duality in all things manual!!!

Sargunan72 months ago

hello all.. this is hw i tried writing with both my hands. but i practiced different techniques like carom with my non-dominant hand and so on. read my blog in which i have explained more abt the tech with pics.

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Hi guys, i just found this blog. Glad i did. I'm 41 years old, when i was in 1st grade the teacher and my parents made me switch from left to right, deep in the conservative south of the early 80's. I hated school for it, I hated my 1st grade teacher for it, and she paddled me over it !!! I became a rebel and a bully because of it. True story, i was just mad at school. That's not the only reason but it added to it.. i got bad writing grades all the way through, and i would remind my mom they switched me. It made my math suffer, because i could not concentrate on the writing part of math, since i was always just trying to hold my damn pen correctly. I then began to hate authority of all kinds, and made me be more aware of the plastic system in which we live, and i wanted to test all the limitations....Well at 15 I had enough and began learning, and by the time i was 18 at my first new job, i started signing my name every where with my left, but i didn't do any writing exercises, only drawing, and it was very poor at the time. But i was hell bent on getting my natural ability hand back, and so really it took quite a while. There was no internet so i studied about it at the library. It wasn't until about 7 years ago I decided to go in all the way with it, and now you could never tell the difference which hand I'm dominant with. I write with them both at the same time in many cool different ways. I think it's had some negative consequences but the benefits far out way these. But each negative is only a hurdle as my brain halves learn the oneness of each other and the separateness at the same time. I feel euphoric, I now have greater focus and the ability is now a signature of my art, and my fans of my art are truly inspired by the story of crossing over and regaining this ability. It inspires them to capture something, perhaps they feel was robbed from them, and then taking off with it. It's increased my peripheral vision, and I can play games better, i'm better on guitar, and piano, I'm more coordinated on the skateboard, and when i do math with my left hand it changes my mental thought process. i've learned as an artist how each hand expresses itself differently and how that looks in my art once it comes out. anyway more later, i type too fast also..hehe and think too much now, SO THAT MAKES ME THINK .... you must learn to meditate also and clear your minds young jedi's this is my most important advice to you all....because once you gain full awareness your brain learns to be fully on auto pilot it's always been hard to make it stop but now after so many years of training in this area it comes to me as overload....sooo...meditating is like a defrag program for your brain. I will post some videos of my writing two words at the same time on oppositte pages, which is hard to decipher or read even by the average human. Happy learning guys !!!

EngiSam made it!4 months ago

I uploaded a couple of pictures that show my progress so far with using my left hand for writing (raised up using right).

This page pretty much summed up what I did to get to where I am and I have been practicing for 2 years on and off. On and off because towards the beginning it was really frustrating lol.

CJaneCoulson5 months ago

I had wanted to be ambidextrous for a while, but was always too busy to make a concerted effort to learn and refine. However, a few years ago, I got carpal tunnel (or tendonitis, I never did figure out which) in my right hand which prohibited me from using it at all. Using my left hand was mandatory, and jump-started the process. Recently, I've been correcting my right hand's penmanship by learning how to use a fountain pen with a colonial penmanship book, and decided I might as well learn it with my left too - it's not like I've got any bad habits to correct...

unicorniou8 months ago

So currently I am a lefty, I want to be ambidextrous so that I can use right hand dominant items, like scissors pencils computer games sports etc.. While still keeping my current advantages of being left handed. =)

Same I have my own hobby and most of the required items are for righties so I try to train my right hand

d1ddyd4nk1 year ago
I was strongly right hand dominant a little less than a year ago. While I'm still rightly dominant, it is barely noticeable. I have undergone extensive training and this is no simple few step process. What this requires of us is the desire of a child to learn. Not only will we be training our non dominant hands to do what our dominant does, we must practice using our dominant for things our non dominant does. Don't be fooled, this is a fundamental lesson, while it may sound crazy. Notice the natural positioning and movement of each side of your body while sweeping, mopping or digging. Also, notice which foot you apply pressure to when taking a stance. Learning to use our off-hand requires us to invert our whole body, not just the arms and hands. Writing will of course, be the most difficult, in effect, demanding the most practice. However, writing is not the only, or most the important skill to learn. Play a game of off hand catch, swing a bat the other way. Shoot darts, go bowling, draw, stir, twirl a baton, juggle, learn some nunchaka moves. GO ON YOUTUBE AND LEARN POKER CHIP TRICKS with your non dominant and dominant hands.....So, you've mastered all that and became bored? You'll need 2 pencils, one in each hand. With your lefty, write the word "right". With your righty, write the word "left". Both hands need to be working at the same time, writing different things. We must fuse our two halves into one, and then slowly pull them back apart.
Axl Axialis2 years ago
This is great!!! I can write with both hands 90% equally and even my left hand is even better when I slow down. However, every time I try to increase my writing speed, it becomes extremely distinctive!
I'm naturally right-handed but I have over the years developed quite a high degree of ambidexterity. What I have learned from my experience is that the fastest and the best way of developing this ability is to start right away with exercises that utilize both hands simultaneously AND independently. The exercise that fills these criteria and the one I strongly believe to be the most effective and practical is this:

Start with two tennis rackets or table tennis rackets and gradually move on to smaller and smaller rackets/hammers. It's endlessly challenging and will rewire your brain like no other.
bravo63472 years ago
dude make one two become right handed :/
Lithium Rain (author)  bravo63472 years ago
Yeah...this was written forever ago, and I should have written "dominant" hand (rather than assuming a right-handed reader, which is statistically more likely, but still unwarranted). I'll fix it later.
KitCatJaide3 years ago
I am only 13 so this should be easier for me to do. Thank you for this because I'm really looking forward to becoming ambidexterous. What I find that helps is to buy a few cheap handwriting books, one in printing and one in cursive. They're filled with practice sheets and helpful hints on how to learn to write, so it really helps a lot. Thanks again! :)
gustavosb3 years ago
My mother is left-handed so when I was little I copied her, but as I started to meet other people I started using my right hand too. Unfortunately when I learned to write I stopped using my left hand. I still can do many things ambidextruosly, but not writting properly. My left hand writting looks like a toddler's.

Written only using my left hand : D
chucho52433 years ago
My friend and I are* going to keep trying
chucho52433 years ago
lol i tryed day 1 and its horrible: but i think its intresting that you can train your brain to do this kind of thing. im going to keep trying untill i succeed with this! my friend and I is going to keep trying :D
Thanks so much for this! Finally a USEFUL guide. I've been looking for this kind of guide for months. I think/hope that I'll be able to do this pretty good, because I'm only 10 and I guess that means I'm less used to my right hand. Thanks again!!
P.S. I made an account JUST to say thanks onto this tut =D
I am in the same boat as blodefood (earlier comment), in that I too am pretty much ambi as well and do the hand switching thing too, although I never actually noticed myself doing it until my cousin asked if I was left handed or right handed after watching me switch hands with the knife and fork at dinner. His girlfriend piped up and said "no, he uses both hands I've been watching him" which was a surprise to me at the age of 20. Depending on what I'm doing I'll either use one hand or the other or either. Most of my family are ambi so it's probably genetic.

The Chinese Martial art of Wing Chun Kung Fu is great for teaching lefties and righties to be more ambidextrous as it trains both sides equally ( hands and feet ).

Being ambi can be confusing in some cases too, I can remember being asked if I was goofy footed when surfing ( i can surf either way ) and didn't understand what the heck they were talking about as it doesn't make a difference if you use both ways (lol).

Your Tip: Don't eat in public with your left hand until you've practiced a bit. Things could get messy. Also can be messy in another way in some cultures where using the left hand is considered taboo. In Some cultures for example offering to shake hands with your left hand can be considered an insult and get you into trouble.

Thats by the by tho.

Nice instructable by the way.

Lithium Rain (author)  FenrisLokison3 years ago
GREAT tip about not eating in public until you've mastered it (as I learned, haha). Thanks for the compliment! :)
smithy8137 years ago
switching the mouse over isn't rely practical. I am left-handed, and quite a few kids in my class are as well, and most of us just use a regular mouse on the regular side (right) although I do use the touch pad on my laptop with both, (depends what I need to do with the other, i usually use a mouse though) (sometimes, i have my left hand on the touch pad and the right on the mouse, for extra fast pointer action)
I had the same problem growing up, but I adapted to using the mouse like that. A few years after becoming a natural at it, I realized that most operating systems give you the option of switching the buttons. I'm thankful for my oblivion to that; otherwise, I would've never learned. xD Started at about seven years using IBM OS/2 Warp, then Windows 95, 98, XP, Vista, and now 7. Coding software and designing websites ...with my left hand. :)
I guess what lefties have to do in learning to use a right-handed mouse is the same as us righties learning to use our left hand, as I did for RSI relief purposes: I can sympathise with lefties living in a rightie world!
I see other commenters here have done the same thing.
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