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Tue Feb 21, 2017, 05:07 PM

The psychology behind Trump's 'clasp and yank' handshake

FEBRUARY 21 2017 - 8:46PM

The psychology behind Trump's 'clasp and yank' handshake

Geoff Beattie


Handshakes are meant to be relatively simple affairs, at least in terms of their signalling function. “Shake hands on it,” we are told. “Shake and make up.” They have been used as a civilised greeting for at least 2500 years. But Donald Trump is in the process of redefining the handshake, transforming it into the opening salvo in a battle for supremacy.

Handshakes date back at least as far as ancient Greece – and there are artefacts from that period featuring images of Herakles shaking hands with Athena. Glenys Davies, writing in the American Journal of Archaeology, said that this particular scene “represents the acceptance of Herakles as an equal by the gods”.



On other artefacts we find images of Hera, the goddess of women and marriage in Greek mythology, shaking hands with Athena, the goddess of wisdom, craft and war. These handshakes are symmetrical and equal in their execution. The sort of handshake that we would recognise instantly today.

Our common understanding is that the handshake originated as a gesture of peace, demonstrating that the hands are free and not holding a weapon. It is meant to signal co-operation, reflected in the symmetrical nature of the shape of the hands and the movement, not aggressive competition. But tell that to Trump, who uses handshakes as a weapon in his games of one-upmanship.

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http://www.watoday.com.au/comment/the-psychology-behind-trumps-clasp-and-yank-handshake-20170221-guhjeb.html

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Judi Lynn Feb 2017 OP
Jane Austin Feb 2017 #1
Dark n Stormy Knight Feb 2017 #2
lagomorph777 Feb 2017 #9
Denzil_DC Feb 2017 #4
yellowcanine Feb 2017 #3
Solly Mack Feb 2017 #5
Aristus Feb 2017 #6
Bill USA Feb 2017 #7
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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 05:15 PM

1. The psychology of Cheetolini's handshakes is

he's a dick.

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Response to Jane Austin (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 05:17 PM

2. Haha! Thank you.

That's what came to my mind as well!

Sure, it's worthy of further analysis, but the gist of it does seem to be, he's a dick.

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Response to Dark n Stormy Knight (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 22, 2017, 12:13 PM

9. ...and he wants the victim to pull his dick?

or is it just a "pull my finger" thing?

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Response to Jane Austin (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 05:26 PM

4. Thanks!

That saved me a bunch of reading.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 05:17 PM

3. Compensating for small hands?


Obama: Did you replace all the toiletries with travel size bottles?
Biden: He's got tiny hands Barack, I want him to feel welcome here

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 05:43 PM

5. I keep hoping someone does it to him.

They go to shake hands and the other person gets the first yank in, and continues to yank harder and harder.

Smiling sweetly the whole time. Then lean in and whisper to Trump, I didn't wash my hands either.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 08:06 PM

6. Another fan of the 'pull-'em-close' handshake technique:

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 08:12 PM

7. he's got all kinds of gimmicks, to compensate for feeling so insecure.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 08:26 PM

8. he can't just whip out his penis + start howling like a gorilla.

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