Three Modalities

 Initiators (Cardinal) – Builders (Fixed) – Adapters (Mutable)

All three modalities are very different in nature and very essential to basic human character.

FlashINITIATORS have boundless energy and enthusiasm when theyAll feel inspired and passionate. Their powerful ambitions combine with  magnetic personalities to impel them to take action and achieve their goals. Initiators are best at beginning projects and less good at maintaining or completing them, especially when the work gets mundane or routine. These lively personalities wield enthusiastic handshakes, which are often complemented by openly held fingers, low set thumbs, and resilient pink elastic skin. Their head and life lines are frequently separated where the thumb joins the hand. Flash Rosenberg, an initiator, is a wonderful friend, Guggenheim award winning visual artist, performance artist, photographer, writer, and artist in residence for ‘LIVE from the NY Public library’. Check out her remarkable live drawing and direction:

IMAGINE: How Creativity Works – http://vimeo.com/38798735

Dr. BryksBUILDERS are great at maintaining what already exists. They say what they do and do what they say to the best of their abilities. You can depend on them to come up with a logical and practical solution for almost anything. Their greatest challenge is embracing change and not procrastinating at beginnings and endings. Builders have firm honest handshakes. Their hands and fingers tend to have stiffer joints than the other two modalities. Large stiff thumbs symbolize abundant will, supported by dogged determination and relentless persistence. Square shaped fingertips and developed knots represent an organized, practical, responsible, reliable, and dependable nature. More cautious types with fingers held closely together tend to be better team players. A Builder’s head and life lines are often intertwined where the thumb joins the hand. I knew I was in good hands the moment I met my dentist, Dr. Nathan Bryks. He’s as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar, a great craftsman, and a truly compassionate, competent, and caring person. With his large ball of the thumb he appreciates everyone and everything. In general, round full balls of the thumb belong to givers and lovers of home, food, comfort, nature, children, and art. They don’t have an easy time saying “No”. Dr. Bryks often hums his favorite melodies while repairing my cavities.  If someone has to dig around in my mouth, I’m glad it’s Dr. Bryks.

hold up hands 2ADAPTERS have a warm handshake that conveys honesty and sincerity (which may not necessarily be the whole truth). They’re clever, hate conflict, and work hard to avoid any confrontation by honing the fine art of tact and diplomacy. Adapters generally have the most openly held, flexible, and elastic hands and fingers of all three modalities. My open hands are saying that I have nothing to hide (Flash and Dr. Bryks also hold their hands openly). Adapters help Initiators begin and Builders maintain by doing best what they don’t do or don’t want to do – public relations. Like most adapters, I love language and words. Anyone reading this blog can see that I’ve chosen to be a spokesperson for one of the most esoteric and obscure subjects on the planet. I hope to shift the paradigm of palmistry as a gypsy fortune-telling scam by being a credible expert on palmistry and a crystal clear communicator. My mission is to give everyone a helping hand, their own. There’s priceless treasure waiting to be discovered at the ends of our arms. Please feel free to respond to any of my blog entries if you have any questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.

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Over the past thirty-five years, I've read tens of thousands of hands of people of every age, gender, race, color, size, shape, career, and socio-economic diversity. I've examined the hands of celebrities, billionaires, corporate executives, and the people who work for them. I've been in charge of the psychics at special events like the massive Bloomberg Company picnic on Randall’s Island and have worked at the Mayor’s country home and at Gracie Mansion. I've been a hand reader at PR events and family gatherings for the King of PR, Howard Rubenstein. I was the hand reader at Harvey Weinstein’s spectacular wedding. I've also read the hands of Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Star Jones, Kevin Kline, Kyra Sedgwick, Barbara Corcoran, Dave Brubeck, and Maurice Sendak, along with numerous other celebrities and their families. I've also examined hundreds of criminally insane people’s hands at a forensic psychiatric hospital in New York City over a two-year period. I've appeared on ABC The View, CBS Martha Stewart Living, CBS Evening News, FOX Good Day NY, Lifetime TV, Queens, NPR and WNYC. I've been featured in the NY Times, NY Newsday, The Daily News, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, INSTYLE Magazine, Family Circle, Modern Bride, Manhattan User’s Guide, and other periodicals. Because of my credentials in design and technology as well as my extensive experience with public appearances on television, radio, and in the print media, I'm uniquely qualified to promote palmistry. I offer five-minute reflections at special events, counsel countless couples, raise funds for diverse causes such as AIDS, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Schizophrenia, Arts Education, and the Environment. I taught Metaphysics 101 at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in NYC for five years and have also spoken, offered workshops, and taught classes at the New York Open Center, Learning Annex, Source of Life Center, Hunter College, Pace University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Marymount Manhattan College, Theosophical Society, East West Bookstore, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and The National Design Museum in NYC. I also have a private practice with over 1,000 clients.

One thought on “Three Modalities

  1. Hi Mark,

    Can please clarify your words “The differences are more about the qualities of hands than the appearance” (which was your answer in response to a question about the nature of the modalities here:
    https://blog.markseltman.com/2012/12/17/palmistry-and-the-twelve-types/ )?

    I am presenting this question in response to your ‘buillders’ description (inside your blog-post above) to “Square shaped fingertips and developed knots”; though I have noticed that this description appears to be the only aspect which directly relates to the “appearance” of the hand.

    PS. Anyway, I hope you will recognize this question as an effort of mine to get a clear understanding of your concept of the ‘three modalities’… just to avoid that it get unintentionally associated with ‘hand shape’ (which is a matter of externalized hand morphology, while your ‘modalities’ appear to relate to the hand physiology).

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