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Why is a firm handshake important?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

One of the most common ways touch is used to communicate is through the handshake. At its most basic level, the handshake communicates trust, goodwill, or agreement with a common decision. A firm handshake conveys confidence, but one that is too firm can seem threatening, while person with a dead-fish handshake can appear ineffectual. A handshake that uses two hands or extends to the elbow can convey care or condolence. But we also use tons of other "touching" signals - a pat on the back to show support, or a stroke of the arm to show sexual interest.

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