What Kind of Handshake Do You Have?

Zoe Samuel

Do you always make sure your handshake is firm?

How icked out are you by germs?

What sort of setting do you tend to shake in?

Have you ever made anyone say "ow"?

How much do you like shaking hands?

Do you ask permission before you shake?

What's your favorite non-handshake way to greet someone?

Are you a hugger?

What's your typical wardrobe?

How do you feel about fist-bumps?

Do you like to do a high five?

How big is your personal space?

Do you carry hand sanitizer?

Do you always carry a breath mint?

Do you have a naturally strong grip?

Are you left-handed?

Do you live in a hot climate?

Do you get sweaty hands?

Do you have long nails?

Do you like to make any other contact than just the hand, during the handshake?

What are you trying to say with a handshake?

Do you shake hands with everyone?

Do you worry that you have rough hands?

How weird are you?

Do you shake hands with children when you meet them?

How do you feel when you shake someone's hand and it's like touching a dead fish?

If someone refused to shake hands, how would you feel?

Could you ever feel authentic bowing instead of shaking hands?

What's the worst handshake you've ever experienced?

How shy are you?

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About This Quiz

The handshake is a greeting gesture with a long and glorious history, being at least 2,000 years old (and probably more). It began as a sign of peace, a way of showing someone that you did not have a weapon in your hand or hidden up your sleeve. It says that you intend to use your dominant hand to embrace them in friendship, instead of suggesting that they should be afraid of you.

The meaning has shifted a little these days; it is more the gesture of the professional world than the world of friendship. In some social environments, the fist bump is displacing the handshake, which is great news for germophobes! More relaxed handshakes or clasped hands are also considered polite these days, depending on who you're greeting.

All this means that when you shake hands, you have a choice to make about how to present yourself. Do you want to be stiff and formal, or relaxed and friendly? Do you want to dominate or to welcome? Perhaps you intend a little of both. Either way, you can adjust your handshake to convey a great deal of meaning.

What handshake do you have, and what does it mean? Let's find out!

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