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Body Language For Dummies®, 2nd Edition by Elizabeth Kuhnke

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Chapter 9

It’s in the Palm of Your Hand

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering how hand positions indicate attitudes

arrow Making your fingers do the talking

arrow Feeling for different handshakes

arrow Displacement activities

Scientific research shows that more nerve connections exist between the hands and the brain than between any other parts of the body. Unconsciously, your hands reveal your attitude towards another person, place, or situation. By the way you position your hands, rub your palms, and fiddle with your fingers, you’re telling anyone who’s paying attention what you’re really feeling.

Watch how your hands move spontaneously in greetings, farewells, and as you cement an agreement. Before you know it, your hands illustrate a point you’re making and are effective in demonstrating both your sincerity as well as your annoyance. Whether you’re expressing love, anger, joy, or frustration, your hands hold the message.

In this chapter, you discover how you can use your hands to support the spoken word and add substance to your message. You find out how to position your hands to convey authority and dominance ...

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