Hands Clenching and Clasping

Our hands have a direct connection with our brain and they reveal a lot about whats going on in our head. We usually position our hands in front of our body, the signals that are given by hands are very easy to pick up. Most people have signature hands gesture which they use continuously. Unconsciously our hands reveal our attitude towards another person, place, or situation.

In today's article we will discuss about Hands clenched gesture. You will discover the telltale signals that the hands and fingers unconsciously reveal when people think no one is watching.

Fingers laced is considered the low confidence gesture. Clasping and squeezing hands together is a self-pacifying gesture. Studies indicate the higher the hands are held in clenched position the stronger it reflects the mood (negative or low confidence). At first, the gesture can seem to signal confidence, as some people who use it often with smile. The hands clenched gesture shows a restrained, anxious, or negative attitude. The stronger the emotion, the tighter the clench.

There are 3 main positions of hands clenched:

1. Hands clenched in front of your face:

Hands clenched raised position resting on desk reveals annoyance and frustration even when smiling. The person would be more difficult to handle when the hands are held high. If the hands lay on the table then the tension is milder contrary to clasping the hands in front of the face or over the head.

2. Hands clenched in centre position:

Shows that you are irritated but not ready to explode, holding back a negative emotion. This gesture is usually when a person feels they failing to convince the others or anxious about what they say or hearing.

3. Hands clenched in lower position:

When a person finds himself in a position where he feels vulnerable but is required to display confidence, he clasp his hands in front of his crotch or lower abdomen.  Subconsciously feeling threatened and looking for a position that offers protection. By covering crotch or lower abdomen, the person feels secure and confident. That is why this gesture is commonly confused with confidence. Confidence is the product of this gesture, not the cause.

Use positive hand gestures instead:

Steeple: It involves touching the spread fingers of both hands, in a gesture similar to “praying position,” but the palms may not be touching and fingers are not interlocked.

This gesture is also called the “power position” because people often use it in a superior/subordinate interaction and that it indicates a confident or self assured attitude. This gesture is common among accountants, lawyers, managers and anyone in a position of authority.

Raised Steeple: When the fingers are raised in front of the chest, the speaker is giving thoughts or opinions

Lowered Steeple: When you’re listening you may find your fingers in the lowered steeple position. You look interested and ready to respond when you put your hands together like this.

Many body language gestures are difficult to learn but hand gestures can be rehearsed and practiced to the point to have a good control over them. When we learn to encode and decode hand gestures we’ll look more confident and feel more successful.