Your kid. Is he a left-hander or right-hander? The Test

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Not long ago it was considered that a left-hander isn't the right kid's development, it's a bad habit which should be got rid of. It was considered necessary to retrain left-handed children, who didn't have any choice — they had to write with the right hand.

Nowadays a lot of research has proved that left-handedness isn't a habit, the result of the educators' errors or a disease. Left-handedness is one of the ways of the normal organism development and depends on the inborn peculiarities.

Our brain consists of two cerebral hemispheres to either of which go nervous ways from organs of feelings and from all the organs having sensitiveness. The right cerebral hemisphere is responsible for the left part of the body; the left — for the right one. Speech centers are situated in the left hemisphere and here the processing of all information takes place with the help of word-known systems. The left hemisphere functions in the way as if breaking up the picture of the world into parts, details then analyzes them, forming cause-effect relationships and chains. So, the left cerebral hemisphere may be called analytical, systematic, abstract, logical. Rational-logical thinking is peculiar to this hemisphere. The right hemisphere is characterized as integral, synthetic, concrete. It's called emotional,intuitive. Spatially-shaped thinking is peculiar to it.

Thus, our hemispheres aren't equal in their functions. And among the people we meet those who prefer to «use» the left hemisphere more (they are, as a rule, the people with well-developed logical thinking), others — the right one (they are, as a rule, the people with well-developed imaginative, creative thinking).

We can single out three types of people «using' more this or that hemisphere:
--the first type — right-handers. They are the people who possess the left dominating hemisphere;
--the second type — left-handers. These people possess the right dominating hemisphere;
--the third type — ambidexters. These are people without preference of either hand. They can use equally well the left and the right hand.
The chief hemisphere can be defined not only with complex medical research, but also with some simple tests.

We suggest you a very simple psychological test, defining the type of the personality by a chief eye and hand. Do four simple manipulations:
1. Interlace the fingers of the hands. Which finger is above: of the right or the left hand? Write down the result — L or R.

2. Make a small hole in a sheet of paper and look through it at some thing. Close your eyes by turns. Is the thing moving when you've closed the right or the left eye? Put down the result.

3. Stand in the „pose of Napoleon“, folding your hands. Which hand is above? Write down the result.

4. Try to show a storm of applause. Which palm is above? Put down the result.
Now let's examine our results:
RRRR — conservative, prefers conventional rule of conduct.
RRRL — the temperament is weak, hesitation dominates.
RRLR — the character is strong, energetic, artistic (use determination and a sense of humor communicating with such a person).
RRLL — the character is very close to the previous type, but much milder, sociable, gets used to a new situation more slowly.
RLRR — the analytical cast of mind, the main features are gentleness, caution; avoids conflicts, tolerant and self-seeking, prefers to keep everybody at arm's length.
RLRL — a weak type which is met, as a rule, among women; it's characterized by the liability to various influence, defenselessness, but at the same time, the capability to conflicts.
RLLR — artistic skills, some instability, the inclination to new impressions; courageous in communication, is able to avoid conflicts and switch over to a new type of behavior (among the women this type is met about as twice as more often than among the men).
RLLL — this type is more typical for men; it's characterized by independence, instability and the analytical cast of mind.
LRRR — one of the most widespread types; emotional, makes contacts with practically all people easily, but isn't persistent enough, falls under the influence of others.
LRRL — is similar to the previous type, but is still less persistent, gentle and naive; demands careful attention to himself.
LRLR — it's the strongest type of character: persistent, energetic, he's difficult to persuade; conservative because he sometimes ignores the others' opinions.
LRLL — the character is strong, but isn't importunate; the inner aggressiveness is covered with the
external gentleness; is capable of quick interaction, but mutual understanding falls behind.
LLRR — friendliness, simplicity, certain disconnectedness of interests are characteristic features.

LLRL — simple-mindedness, gentleness, credulity; it is a very rare type which isn't practically found among men.
LLLR — energetic, emotionality in combination with determination leads to rash actions.
LLLL — possesses the capability to look at things in a new way; the strongly expressed emotionality combines with individualism, persistence and certain reticence.

As you can notice, LLLL corresponds to the „art“ type, and RRRR — to „thinkers“. Since these types aren't often found in their pure forms, so the rest combinations reflect the existing diversity to a certain extent.

When should the chief hand be defined?
In this sphere research shows that under two years old children's chief hand may be either left or right hand. During the next two years both hands are usually equally active. The final preference of one hand over another is formed at the age of 4-5 years. A great parents' participation is needed at this period. The parents should find out which hand their kid gives preference to. It's especially important when a little one starts writing and goes to school.

If your kid is 4 years old, and you notice his preference of the left hand, and even more, there are left-handers among the relations, so most likely, your child is a left-hander. It's his very important individual peculiarity. Don't try to retrain him: the retraining of a left-hander is the interference into a complicated process of the kid's development. It can lead to the child's awkwardness and uneasiness. It can also influence the child's cognition. You may have a child-neurotic, if you start retraining him rigidly. Talk to your kid's educators about this and tell them your point of view.
How can you determine the kid's chief hand?
For this you can ask him to do some simple movements:
--clap the hands (the chief hand is above);
--ask the child holding a toy-animal to stroke it (the chief hand strokes);
--to open (unscrew) the cork of the bottle;
--to play „magpie-thief“ (to move a finger of one hand on the palm of the other).

Doing these tests, it's necessary to follow the next rules: you shouldn't show yourself how to do them; besides, you can do the tests playing. While doing a test, it's forbidden to ask: „Show me, which hand are you stroking the kitten?“ You should say: „Show me, please, how you are stroking the kitten.“ In each test one hand is passive, the other is active.

For determining the kid's chief cerebral hemisphere, it's necessary to find out the chief ear and eye.

Determining the chief eye.
The child is given a sheet of paper with a small hole in it. He is asked to hold a sheet on the outstretched arms and look at the bridge of the nose of a grown-up, standing some meters ahead of him, through the hole in the sheet. In so doing the grow-up usually sees either the kid's right eye or left one.

How can you determine the chief ear?
The kid is asked to hear the clock strike. A small clock should lie or hang just in the center in front of the kid. The ear which the child is listening to is the chief ear.
Right-handers with the chief right eye and right ear „use“ the left cerebral hemisphere (»thinkers").
Right-handers with the chief left eye and left ear «use» the right cerebral hemisphere («artists»).
Right-handers with the chief left eye and right ear are a mixed type.
Right-handers with the chief right eye and left ear are a mixed type.
Left-handers are «bright users» of the right hemisphere («artists»).

Don't worry about which hand your kid tries to work with. It's more important not to miss the time and find out your child's inclinations and preferences. The most significant period for this is from 5 till 10 years old. Look at your kid more attentively: find out what interests him more, what he likes and can do better. Help him to develop his abilities, cheer up and praise for his achievements. And he'll live a happy life of a confident person. Good luck!
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