Handshake Facts– There is no one explanation for a handshake. It could mean different things at different times.
But first and foremost shaking hands is a form of greeting. It is used just about the same way as hugs and kisses. However, handshakes are the best for formal and semi-formal scenarios. Among friends and familiar faces, a handshake comes in probably with a fun twist.
A handshake could be a sign of trust, respect, and solidarity,
It is used to show a sealed deal, cordial relationship, truce, peace, reconciliation, congratulatory gesture, expressing gratitude and a sign of good sportsmanship.
The use of the handshake for greeting has been traced back to ancient Greek in the 5th century BC. Archaeologists found an artwork with the images of a handshake. The images showed the rulers having handshakes with their gods.
Handshake patterns differ from culture to culture.
On a general note, handshake globally refers to the palm to palm pattern which sometimes comes with an up and down movement.
2. First Impression
A good handshake is a way to make a good first impression. This also works for women in the business world. A proper and confident handshake can earn you a business favor (at least at face value).
A study from the Journal of Applied Psychology, suggests that a firm handshake indicates self-confidence and extroversion.
3. Initiates A Conversation
A handshake is a non-verbal communication that often goes with a few spoken words. You hardly give a handshake without a “hi”, “bye” or “pleased to meet you”. In an occasion where people are meeting, a handshake rolls off the platform for a conversation.
4. Tells Your Personality
Did you know that a handshake tells a bunch about you? Your mood and disposition always have a way of rubbing off on the palm of the other person. However weak or firm a handshake is held gives a hint of a person’s personality.
A British research shows that handshakes can portray traits like honesty and receptiveness and submissiveness.
5. Left-hand Is A No No
Giving a handshake with a left-hand is uncommon and perhaps awkward. Even left-handed persons find it necessary to adjust their natural inclination to shake with the right hand.
In some parts of Asia and the Middle East, touching people with the left hand is not acceptable. This is because the left hand is used for wiping themselves after restroom businesses.
6. A Sign Of Agreement
A handshake is as much of a greeting as it is a sign of agreement. Trump’s refusal to shake Germany’s Angela Merkel during her visit to the White House this year is a perfect example of this. The deal is not sealed without a handshake.
Back in the Roman history, an elbow-elbow handshake was an indication of truce. It means that both men were unarmed.
7. Women & Handshakes
Men are most known for giving handshakes. But that does not mean that women do not do so too. It is more common today in the business world.
Did you know there are expected mannerisms when shaking a woman? According to the handshake etiquette, you only shake a lady when she initiates the move. In some other cultures, women do not shake women. In some others the opposite sex has no business shaking hands except in a business environment.
8. Time Frame
There should be a time limit for a handshake. 1-2 seconds handshake is normal. Anything more than that might send a wrong message.
9. Tempted To Sniff
Do people shake you and you unconsciously find yourself sniffing your palm. A random research by Isreali scientists via a hidden camera revealed that men were more likely to sniff their right hands within 60 seconds of shaking each other.
Idan Frumin, a researcher with Israel’s Weizmann Institute said:
“People don’t notice themselves doing it.”
“Even after we showed some of the subjects their videos, their initial reaction was that we had somehow doctored it.”
10. How To Make A Good Handshake
According to Forbes, this is how you can make a good handshake
- Keep good posture
- Make eye contact
- Hold your right hand out
- Give a good firm shake
- Follow the two-second rule
- Greet the other person and repeat their name