Do you think a handshake is a mere greeting?

@dpk262006 (56473)
Delhi, India
November 27, 2017 10:23pm CST
In many countries shaking hands with each other is considered as form of introducing and greeting each other. When you meet a stranger, do you shake hands with him/her with warmth or you wait for him to extend his hands to you and then you stretch yourself to shake hands with him? Do you think that it is a way to greet each other and nothing more than that? Image courtesy - Google
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@LadyDuck (170812)
• Switzerland
28 Nov
A handshake is very important and there are etiquette rules about who must extend the hand first. While this is not very important among friends or common people, it is very important to know in business. Some people do not like to shake hands, all those who fear the germs, we must be careful.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
28 Nov
As per etiquette the one who is superior in line should extend his hand for handshake. If the junior fellow extends his hand by mistake, he should not withdraw it, as it will considered as rude. Yes, you are right that the above etiquette are applicable in business and professional circle, not among friends.
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@LadyDuck (170812)
• Switzerland
28 Nov
@dpk262006 In some countries also men exchange a kiss on their cheeks with friends, but usually men only shake hands.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
28 Nov
@LadyDuck Yes, you are right that usually men shake hands with others. Women (if are known to each other) could hug each other, instead of shaking hands.
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@magallon (18124)
• Philippines
28 Nov
I do handshake as a greeting, congratulations or farewell.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
28 Nov
As per you that shaking hands is a form of greeting each other and not more than that?
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@magallon (18124)
• Philippines
29 Nov
@dpk262006 For me , it depends on the feelings of the persons who do the handshake. Casual handshake is usually done to greet, congratulate or welcome a person.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
29 Nov
@magallon Yes, you are right that it depends upon the person, who shakes hand with you, whether he has some feelings or is stoic.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov
Sometimes here a man is uncertain whether to shake hands with a woman or not so I usually extend my hand first. I don't know if that's the right thing to do or not but that's what I do.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
28 Nov
I do not think shaking hand with a woman should be a problem, only thing is one should not tight the grip more than required. It is good on your part that if you find the other fellow feeling hesitant to shake hand with you, you extend your hand. Generally, the superior of two is supposed to extend his/her hand first.
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@JudyEv (130208)
• Bunbury, Australia
28 Nov
@dpk262006 Luckily I didn't know that!
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
28 Nov
@JudyEv Now you know about it.
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@averygirl72 (16620)
• Philippines
28 Nov
We usually shake hands during church service. When we introduce someone we don't shake hands anymore
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
28 Nov
It is during only Church service that you shake hands with others, otherwise you do not believe in shaking hands to greet or to introduce each other?
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@averygirl72 (16620)
• Philippines
28 Nov
@dpk262006 No we don't usually shake hands when greeting or introducing others. Politician shake hands during their campaign
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
29 Nov
@averygirl72 How do you greet each other?
@josie_ (7409)
• Philippines
28 Nov
Touching is a very important activity in human relationship. A handshake is more than a mere formality. It serves as an ice-breaker, a sign of acknowledgment or an oath that seals an agreement.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
28 Nov
Yes, you are so right that touching each other through hands is more than a greeting, it serves as a ice-breaker and it helps the two people feel at ease, once they have shaken hands.
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@Shavkat (65096)
• Philippines
28 Nov
For old folks, we need to bow our head and put the back of their hands on our forehead.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
29 Nov
That is a nice way to greet the elders.
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@Shavkat (65096)
• Philippines
29 Nov
@dpk262006 If you visit my country, you will see the young ones do this. It is one of the practices that need to be preserved and passed on.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
29 Nov
@Shavkat It is a good moral value to be followed by everyone.
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@Hannihar (40090)
11 Dec
I look at a handshake as a way to be polite and to say hi and nice meeting you.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
12 Dec
Yes, it is a kind of greeting. The way we shake hands tells about our feelings/emotions toward the other person.
@Hannihar (40090)
12 Dec
@dpk262006 dpk, there are religious women that are not supposed to shake a man's hand that is not her husband so she just says hello.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
12 Dec
@Hannihar Yes, in some of cultures, women don't shake hands with unknown men and they would just say hello.
@m_audrey6788 (13661)
• Philippines
28 Nov
Yes here we do shake hands when we meet strangers same with some friends it depends if they like hugs
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
29 Nov
Do you feel that it is a mere greeting or convey more than that?
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• Philippines
29 Nov
@dpk262006 What do you mean by that?
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
29 Nov
@m_audrey6788 Do you think when someone shake hands with you, s/he is exchanging his emotions/thoughts with you?
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@bluesa (14187)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
29 Nov
When I am introduced to someone I do shake their hand. To me it is just a way to greet someone.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
1 Dec
Do you extend your hand first or wait for the other fellow to extend his/her hand?
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@bluesa (14187)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
4 Dec
@dpk262006 I tend to extend my hand first.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
5 Dec
@bluesa As per etiquette and norms the one who is superior in line should extend his hand for handshake. If the junior fellow extends his hand by mistake, he should not withdraw it, as it will considered as rude. So next time before extending your hand, just see whether the person in front of you is superior?
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@sol_cee (16889)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
29 Nov
Business-wise, yeah. But I honestly don't like touching other people's hands.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
29 Nov
Do you mean to say that if you have some business meeting with someone, you might shake hand with them otherwise, you won't shake hands with anyone?
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@sol_cee (16889)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
29 Nov
@dpk262006 yeah! How about you?
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
29 Nov
@sol_cee I won't mind shaking hands with a stranger, if the need arises.
@toniganzon (53205)
• Philippines
28 Nov
In my line of business, a handshake is very important. And it matters who you extend your hands with. For someone superior than me, I wait for them to extend their hands first before I take it and shake it warmly. A firm handshake shows sincerity.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
28 Nov
Yes, in your area of work handshake is not only a way to greet each other, it is more than that. It is good that you wait for your superior to extend his hands to shake with you. You are so right that a firm handshake shows warmth and sincerity.
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