RIGHT, WRIGHT RITE and WRITE

These are perhaps the most intriguing words in the English language. When spoken aloud they all sound the same. They are intriguing partly because of the spelling pattern. More importantly they insidiously create a set of non-obvious problems, particularly for native Anglo-Saxon speakers who are naturally left handed, whether they are aware of their left handedness or not.

The tractable set concern long standing personal and inter-personal problems which endure despite trying to follow experts' advice or apply common-sense.

The seemingly intractable set constitute a meta-problem best captured by the question:  "What evidence will convince sceptics that latent / converted handedness is or is not a co-factor sustaining presenting problems, whatever those problems might be?" Because we are immersed within the hegemony of the /right/ we fail to see this meta-problem for what it is.

There are two types of long-standing problems:

  • What is ... : conceptual problems, primarily about definition. They are identified by their "What is ....?" nature, eg dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, PTSD, learning difficulty and learning disability? But here the overarching conceptual question is: "What is converted / latent handedness?" and "What does the 'hegemony of the /right/ mean?"
  • What if ..../ How to .. practical problems. These problems are primarily about how to effect change and are identified by their "What if we do this instead of that? nature; eg. cure anorexia, improve educational performance, and for those with disabilities ensure reasonable adjustments have been made in the workplace,prevent young offenders becoming persistent offenders. Here the overarching practical question is: "What do we need to do to identify converted / latent handedness and handle the hegemony of the /right/?"

This conceptual-practical dichotomy is a human construction which is better handled as two sides of the same coin. Or better still, as the two sides of a page with each page has two aspects -technically labelled recto and verso- aligned here with the conceptual and the practical. Two implications follow. First, for every seemingly practical problem there are corresponding conceptual implications and for every seemingly conceptual question there are practical consequences. Second, since problems often reside within other problems and confusions within other confusions there is the need to turn from page to page.

Our radical approach helps individuals, agencies, corporations, and institutions solve a variety of, to quote Karl Popper, 'concrete miseries' by dealing with three sets of general ignorance conditions:

  • World-views:ignorance about world-views, sometimes known as mind-sets, explanatory schemas or frameworks among both professionals and the public. Differences in world-view explains why experts working in the same field often disagree among themselves - for world-views determine which facts are accepted as evidence and what is not.

  • Latent / converted handedness:this core body-mind condition is identified when we find individuals writing with their non-adept hand. The label latent / converted hander is short-hand for the fact that more than the hand is involved in the condition. Failure to eliminate it as a co-factor in any presenting problems incurs heavy financial and emotional costs, particularly for the entire education system: has serious implications for the conduct of evaluations for personal, educational, medico-legal and legal purposes. It will also result in ineffectual Personalised Education, Professional Development Programmes or Reasonable Adjustments in the Work Place for Fitness to Work Treatments.

  • Hegemony of the /right/: gnorance about the role of the hegemony of the right, wright, rite and write in 'causing' seemingly intractable problems explains why they are sustained.

The hegemony of the /right/, latent / converted handedness and world view perspectives are interwoven and interlocking issues.

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