Through gesture all people are revealing who they are at each moment. Our bodies are in a constant state of change. Accurate interpretation requires thorough understanding of the basic guidelines, a keen ability to observe, and lots of practice. We’ll go into greater detail as we observe and analyze the hands of individual character types.
How do you hold your hands? Held openly, you have nothing to hide and are receptive to others. Held closely, you’re cautious and may need to take more chances. People around you must work harder to build your trust.
A person’s gestures may transform unconsciously during a consultation. I’ll say, “Hold up your hands”. My client holds up her hands with fingers held closely together and drooping forward. I’m getting a message that she’s not feeling very good about herself. Maybe she’s struggling with issues of self-esteem or spirituality. She’s afraid I’m going to see something wrong or say something bad. I begin by discussing her positive character traits. Unconsciously and slowly her fingers begin unfolding and straightening out. In minutes her fingers are no longer drooping. She has nothing to hide. The new message is – I’m an open, loving, generous, person (for example). Always speak to a person’s issues from a constructive, helpful, and hopeful source. Positive affirmation goes a long way to facilitating positive change.