Sinistrophobia – The Fear of Left-Handedness

We’ve all been there. Freshly on stage and barely into your first song, when you notice someone in the audience turn around and walk away in disgust. Or so it would seem…

There’s a (slim!) possibility that you could be mistakenly interpreting that look of disgust. Instead, they could genuinely be petrified of the sight of you! Believe it or not, there is an actual medical condition called Sinistrophobia – a fear of left handed people, or objects and things on the left side.

Sinistrophobia Fear of Left Handed People

What is Sinistrophobia?

Sinistrophobia is defined as a fear of either left handed people, or objects located on the left side. Sufferers may avoid using their left hand, touching someone else’s left hand, or touching an object which has come into contact with a left hand.

The condition is generally thought to arise as a result of negative past experiences, but can also occur seemingly without reason. It is cured most successfully by having a qualified therapist guide the sufferer through some difficult tasks related to left-handedness, i.e exposure therapy.

What Are The Symptoms of Sinistrophobia?

  • A deep sense of panic when exposed to (or just thinking about) left-handedness
  • A desire to do anything possible to avoid situations where you might be exposed to left-handedness

Do You Have Sinistrophobia?

If this is you, then yes.

Left Handed Meme

Alternatively. Hold a pen in your right hand and then stand in front of a mirror. If you collapse into a sweaty mess on the floor then you are likely sinistrophobic.

Either that or you suffer from Spectrophobia (a fear of mirrors), or Eisoptrophobia (a fear of your own reflection). What?!

Famous Sinistrophobes

  • Gibson – Finally making progress, and seemingly at least partially cured for 2017.
  • Ibanez – Interesting lefties are offered in tiny, limited runs so that their taint is banished from Ibanez factories as soon as possible.
  • PRS – In June 2016 Paul Reed Smith accidentally tripped over a southpaw Custom 24, causing him to look silly in front of his staff. The incident was so traumatic that Paul ordered a complete discontinuation of all lefty PRS guitars.

Related Phobias

A couple of other weird phobias related to sinistrophobia.

  • Levophobia – the fear of objects on the left side of the body.
  • Dextrophobia – the fear of objects on the right side of the body.
5 replies
  1. Joel Hand
    Joel Hand says:

    Ha! yeah PRS the biggest sinistrophobes in the business. Next time paul is in England doing a tour we should high jack and event and continually ask him why no lefty models.

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