CulturalÂ etiquetteÂ can be a tricky thing. Â Gestural greetings are no exception and can differ greatly from culture to culture.Â Â People in Thailand greet with the Wai, placing palms together, fingers pointing up, with the head slightly bowed. Â The Chinese use a slight nod and bow of the head while Egyptians greet with a handshake followed by a touch on the elbow. Â Botching any one of these can beÂ embarrassingÂ and evenÂ inadvertentlyÂ insulting. Â Which is why I always try to offer patience and assistance to those with a desire to adapt to the social norms of my culture. Â Sometimes barriers of communication can be as simple as technique. Â This leads me to the topic for todays post – my favorite platonic physical communication: the high five.
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While personal style is a key element of an impressive mitt-hit, all too often is the attempt made to do the strut before the crawl. Â Such a mistake can often sacrifice valuable thenar (palm muscle) contact, which is no good for anyone. Â Â
So at this point you may be wondering,Â “How DO I deliver aÂ righteous fiver every time?” Â Â
The answer is simple really. Scope the ‘bow. Â That’s right. Â For consistent sonic booms that will make you wish you had a reason to keep on walking, keep your eye on the approaching elbow. Â Never again will you suffer fromÂ disappointingÂ babypats when you’re 178 gigaton up-highs are leaving cool-dust debris on the palms of their beneficiaries. Â And when you’ve got enough cool that it exfoliates, you’re cryogenic. Â So practice a few times on you’re little brother and when I see you, you know what I want. Â Let’s do ‘dis like Brutus. Â Â
On a related note, look out forÂ Gimme Five: History of a Handshake, “an independently produced video documentary examining the history and origin of the handshake a.k.a. daps, pounds, grips and soul shakes.”
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