What Kind of Handshake Do You Have?

By: Zoe Samuel

What Kind of Handshake Do You Have?
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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!

Do you always make sure your handshake is firm?
Crushingly so!
Nope
That's only polite.
Not always, but sometimes

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How icked out are you by germs?
Not at all!
So icked out
Somewhat
Less than average

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What sort of setting do you tend to shake in?
Boardrooms
All over
Offices
Clubs

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Have you ever made anyone say "ow"?
Yeah, I love when that happens.
Once in a while
Nope
Not on purpose!

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How much do you like shaking hands?
I love it!
I hate it!
I like it fine.
It depends on who it is with.

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Do you ask permission before you shake?
No, I just go for it.
Of course
Only in certain spaces
If it is a child, yes.

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What's your favorite non-handshake way to greet someone?
Bodyslam them with my chest
Fist-bump
High five
Hug

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Are you a hugger?
No
If it is someone I like
Only with a few people
Yes! I hug everyone!

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What's your typical wardrobe?
Power suit
Jeans and a T-shirt
Slacks and blazer
Something very alternative and surprising

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How do you feel about fist-bumps?
They're childish.
They're awesome.
They're fine.
They're cool if they're not too stiff.

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Do you like to do a high five?
Goodness, no.
Sure!
I prefer not.
Sometimes

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How big is your personal space?
I own all the space!
Quite big
Slightly bigger than average
It depends on my mood.

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Do you carry hand sanitizer?
No
I keep some in my desk.
Of course
I know I should.

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Do you always carry a breath mint?
Yes, Altoids
If I remember!
I prefer gum.
I tend to prefer mouthwash.

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Do you have a naturally strong grip?
They don't call me The Bonecrusher for nothing!
When I want to
No, but I fake one.
I think it is about average.

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Are you left-handed?
No
I'm ambidextrous.
No, but I'm not heavily right-handed.
Yes

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Do you live in a hot climate?
No, it's very cold.
Yes, it's very hot.
It varies throughout the year.
I move around a lot.

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Do you get sweaty hands?
Yes, and I don't care!
Not really
Yes, so I wash them a lot.
Not more than average

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Do you have long nails?
No
Yes
They are short but neat
Sometimes

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Do you like to make any other contact than just the hand, during the handshake?
Just eye contact
Maybe!
Only if it is appropriate
A hug would be great.

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What are you trying to say with a handshake?
"Fear me!"
"Hi friend!"
"Good to meet you."
"Boo!"

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Do you shake hands with everyone?
If I can
No, I mix it up.
If it is appropriate.
Not unless I absolutely have to.

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Do you worry that you have rough hands?
I love my rough hands.
Not really
Well, now I do!
No, I moisturize.

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How weird are you?
Not at all
Fairly
Just a smidge
Extremely

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Do you shake hands with children when you meet them?
Yes, their little hands are easy to squish!
I ask them if they want to.
If they are polite
If they offer

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How do you feel when you shake someone's hand and it's like touching a dead fish?
Delighted - a chance to crush!
Thoroughly icked out
Disappointed
Bemused

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If someone refused to shake hands, how would you feel?
Thwarted
I wouldn't mind.
Contemptuous
It depends who and why.

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Could you ever feel authentic bowing instead of shaking hands?
No, that's weird to me.
Sure, I'd make it work!
I could probably get used to it.
As long as I get to add some frills

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What's the worst handshake you've ever experienced?
I broke a potential client's pinky.
They licked their fingers then tried to touch me.
I used to have a weak handshake, so all of my early ones were bad.
I was at a job interview and I accidentally missed their hand and got them in the chest.

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How shy are you?
Shyness is for wimps.
I can be!
Inside, fairly - but I hide it!
Only around new people

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