Sunday, September 9, 2007

Hand Shake

When meeting someone for the first time, prize presentation, we usually shake hands. Some hand shake are firm and strong. Some are weak. My best friend's dad has a great hand shake, he will look in your eyes and his handshake are firm and strong. It is not like those who shake hand as if want to see who has the strongest grip.
A handshake is a short ritual in which two people grasp their right or left hands, often accompanied by a brief shake of the grasped hands.

The handshake is initiated when the two hands touch, immediately. It is commonly done upon meeting, greeting, parting, offering congratulations, or completing an agreement. Its purpose is to convey trust, balance, and equality.[1] Handshakes possibly originated as a gesture showing that the hand holds no weapon.

In Anglophone countries, shaking hands is considered the standard greeting in business situations. In casual non-business situations, men are more likely to shake hands than women. It is considered to be in poor taste to show dominance with too strong a handshake[2]; conversely, too weak a handshake (sometimes referred to as a "limp fish" or "dead fish" handshake) is also considered unseemly[3].

There are various customs surrounding handshakes, both generically and specific to certain cultures:

1) Generally it is considered inappropriate to reject a handshake.

2) In some cultures people shake both hands, but in most cultures people shake the right hand.

3) Scouts specifically use a left handshake, as do practitioners of Fencing. This is due to the right hand being employed holding a pole or a sword respectively.

4) Secret societies and fraternities and sororities often use secret handshakes to identify themselves as initiated brothers or sisters to outside members.


ruby ahmad said...

To me the handshake is a reflection of the person. People whi are thinkers, no matter what will go beyond social norms and customs.

To my mind, there are only 4% of the whole 6 billion people in this world who are true and sincere..ha ha!

So if handshake is a yardstick, you will not get that many good grips from most..ha ha...well, at least 4 in a hundred then.

Nightwing said...

Ya..true true. '4% in the world of 6 billion'...thats not much to say about human kind...hehe.

You have a great week ahead...cheers.