Loose the handshake

I was so excited to see the response I got on my post about greeting people when you meet them for the first time. It’s been very interesting to hear about the different customs around the world, and I now feel confident that I know how to greet people correctly in many countries I’ve never even been to! Thanks to all of you who contributed!

For many of you the handshake seems to be the preferable the way of greeting others. But Karen D mentioned something that I wanted to bring into light here: limp handshakes. I really don’t like it when people offer me their hand and I take it, but they don’t grab onto mine in return. It just feels a bit awkward, like holding a dead fish of something. I like a handshake to be firm and confident. Otherwise I get insecure about the person displaying such passiveness.

I really hope I’m not offending anyone who has a weak handshake writing this. It’s nothing personal, I just feel more confident when I feel a firm and decisive hand in mine.

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4 Responses to Loose the handshake

  1. Nina says:

    I completely agree with you on this. Limp handshakes make me feel like that person’s not really caring about the situation or anything else. I shake hands firmly and I expect that from the other person too.

    • Antonia says:

      I agree! Although, I feel I can’t shake it firmly if the other person is doing nothing. This passiveness kind of forces me into the same kind of passiveness:(

  2. jill says:

    I also think that it’s quite off-putting when I get one of those. I call them “wet fish” and, as Nina said, you don’t get the feeling that the person cares at all about greeting you

  3. mn says:

    It’s so funny you said this because in the US you are warned that when you go to a job interview to make sure you have a firm handshake- probably because a limp handshake implies a weak person (?) So interesting how much is read into these things.

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