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How do you become ambidextrous in a few weeks? Answered

 I'm trying to be ambidextrous, because I'm just curious about it. I would like to gain from it too. Right now I'm practicing for it, but some help to speed it up a bit would be appreciated. Oh, and I'm right handed. 

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Re-designBest Answer (author)2010-02-28

I know you weren't.

But the only way to speed up the process it to use the left hand and use the right hand as little as possible.

Even with practice some people are so one side oriented that they will never progress much toward ambidextrousness.

Good luck and keep the right hand working er the correct hand.

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Grathio (author)2010-02-27

The less you use your right arm the more you'll have to depend on your left one.  So you need to make your "good" arm less good.  Put it in a sling.  Or wear a mitten over your right hand. Or wrap your right elbow with an Ace bandage so it's harder to bend your arm.  Or wear a thumb splint on your right thumb, since it's hard to use a hand without bending your thumb.

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nutsandbolts_64 (author)Grathio2010-02-27

I agree, but I'm not keen to immobilizing my right hand for a few weeks. It might actually make me left handed! 

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frollard (author)nutsandbolts_642010-02-27

Short of lots of practice, not much will give you this result of true ambidexterity other than necessity.  Also, it's like riding a bike.  Once you learn the other, you can still switch back to the one.  Neurons form new links in your brain after a repeated action-  generally a few weeks of a habit makes it permanently ingrained in your muscle memory/parasympathetic nervous system.  Simply put - Practice my boy, practice.

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nutsandbolts_64 (author)frollard2010-02-27

have you read the 2nd from the last sentence in the details: "Right now I'm practicing for it, but some help would to speed it up a bit would be appreciated."

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frollard (author)nutsandbolts_642010-02-28

hehe...my answer was basically saying just that- there is no magic red pill.

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nutsandbolts_64 (author)frollard2010-03-01

hm, it still doesn't answer the question. just a *little* boost. thats what i need.

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frollard (author)nutsandbolts_642010-03-01

How about the 6 instructables that come up with great tips on doing it?

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nutsandbolts_64 (author)frollard2010-03-01

if you're talking about the 6 i'bles to the right, only 2 are really related. if they're different i'bles, then tell me what i'bles.

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umm, sorry, correction, it was the 3rd sentence

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So, you're saying that there is something wrong with being left handed?  How dare you!  Some of my best friends are left handed.  Well now that I think about it they are a little weird.

It takes more than just learning to use your other arm to change sides.  My brother broke his right arm 3 times when he was in elementary school.  He had to learn to write left handed.  But he didn't change sides.  He can't write very legibly either way though.

It's a good thing to be ambidextrous.  I learned to shoot using either hand.  I got almost as good left handed as right handed.  That way if I got shot on the right side I can still shoot back.

There are a couple of instrucables you should look at over on the right under RELATED.

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umm, no. I'm not saying there's something wrong with being left handed. I'm just saying I don't want to not use my right hand. When i said "i agree" that means i agreed with Grathio's first sentence up there. and yes i alredy looked at those instructables, both of them, and I *am* following their instructions. all i'm asking is how do you speed up the process. 

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nutsandbolts_64 (author)2010-02-27

if only you said that as an answer I would mark it as best answer

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Burf (author)2010-02-27

Well, being a natural born southpaw who has had to adapt to a right handed world, I can give you a few tips that force your brain to realize that the appendage on the other side is good for more than just picking your nose.

Move your computer mouse to the left side and reset the functions for the left hand operation.
Tie your shoelaces, leading with the left hand instead of the right. (This one may be one of the hardest to accomplish.)
Comb your hair with the left hand.
Bounce and catch a ping-pong ball with your left hand.
Button your shirts with your left hand.
Think of some of the simple tasks you do routinely and do them with your left hand instead of the right.
You will probably never achieve true ambidexterity, but you will become more comfortable and adaptable with constant practice.

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nutsandbolts_64 (author)Burf2010-02-27

Maybe you're right (about the last sentence), and I already tried all those except for the ping-pong ball bounce-and-catch and tying the shoelaces bit. I should try those, but you didn't answer the question and read the 2nd sentence please.

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 Oops, make it 3rd sentence.

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