HANDS & IQ – How to recognize a smart hand: 3 – Dr Oz says: ‘in a way, left-handed people are smarter’!
January 24, 2011
Are left-handed people smarter than right-handed people?
“Well, in a way, left-handed people are smarter, and I’ll tell you why,” Dr. Oz says. “Left-handed people can deal with more incoming information that doesn’t come in an organized way.” Dr. Oz says this is because of the way the brain develops when a baby is in its mother’s womb. “The left brain normally controls your right side, which is really powerful,” he says. “[In left-handed people], it allows the other side, the right brain, to become an equal partner.”
Because left-handed people can use both sides of their brain more readily, Dr. Oz says, they can process information coming into their brain in different ways more easily. “That’s why athletes do so well when they’re left-handed. And there are a lot of presidents who have been left-handed, and there are a lot of folks who, because they can deal with a lot of complicated issues at once, work pretty effectively,” he says.
But Dr. Oz says although you may write with one hand, parts of the body on the other side—such as an eye—can still be dominant. To determine which eye is dominant, Dr. Oz says to cut a pencil-sized hole in a piece of paper and hold it away from your face. Look through the hole at an object using only your right eye, then only your left. Dr. Oz says whichever eye you can still see the object through the hole with is your dominant eye.
Dr. Oz says many people are dominant with one eye and dominant with the opposite hand. “There are lots of different reasons you want to know [which eye is dominant]. If you were playing sports, it’s sort of helpful,” he says. “But folks actually use their different parts of their brain very differently, and it’s sort of cool to understand how it all comes up.”
A FEW MORE FACTS ABOUT LEFT-HANDEDNESS:
While left-handedness (ranging from moderate through strongly left-handed) is found in approximately 10% of the population…
• Four out of five (80%) original Macintosh computer designers were left handed;
• Five out of the last seven (71%) US presidents were left handed (Barack Obama’s runner-up – senator John McCain – is also a lefty);
• One out of four (25%) Apollo astronauts – who were all selected e.g. by their high intelligence – was left handed;
• Mensa International (the largest and oldest high-IQ society in the world) claims that 20% of their members are left handed;
• A 1988 study reported: 16.9% of 266 United States Chess Federation players being left-handed or ambidextrous (included in the sample were e.g. 138 male Chess Masters, 18.1% was left-handed or ambidextrous).
November 20, 2009
• President: 1963-1969;
In april ’09 TIME magazine presented a photo essay on the hands of the last 9 US presidents; US palmist Robin Gile was asked to present his palm reading for each president. Without knowing that it was Lyndon Johnson’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Johnson’s hand:
“The Charisma of a Performer”
“There’s a line that rises from the palm to the ring finger, which shows we’re talking about someone with the charisma of a performer, “ says Robin Gile, co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Palmistry. “He’s generous. I also see he’s stubborn, in a very passive-aggressive way. Decisions may not have been his strong suit. He didn’t have great mental discipline, he followed the course of least resistance. Overall, more a performer than a leader, I would say.”
MORE DETAILS AVAILABLE AT:
• The hands of the 36th US president: Lyndon Johnson!
• The hands of the last 10 US presidents!
• How to recognize the hand of a US president?
• FINGER RESEARCH – Finger length ratio linked with financial risks!’
A presidential ‘facebook’:
August 3, 2009
• President: 2001-2009;
Earlier this year TIME presented hand photos of the last 9 US presidents to palm reader Robin Gile, and asked him to present a palm reading for each president. Without knowing that it was George W. Bush’s hand, this is how Robin Gile described Bush’s hand:
“The straightness of his little finger says he’s very honest,” Gile says. “The length and shape of his ring finger shows he’s good at making calculated bets. I would guess this is Clinton. He shows real leadership in his heart line. This is as close to an idealist as I see in this selection. He tries to make the best of things, circumstances and people. He’s got more heart than head. And the angle of the thumb shows he’s not very adaptable. The strong life line — which contrary to popular belief, doesn’t indicate length of life, but quality and determination — shows this person won’t quit. His career is his life.”
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