5 Things You Can Learn From Looking at Your Own Hands

Humans have long held an interest in their hands. Prehistoric caves from the Stone Age have included hands painted on the walls. Archeologists have unearthed stones, wood and ivory fashioned in the form of hands. Even every great ancient civilization throughout history believed that hands were vital, whether that be in China, India, Greece or Rome. That’s why that even in today’s modern society we still have people making a living in Palmistry. It’s almost ingrained in our DNA. Even if you don’t believe in palm reading, you’re bound to stare down at your hands from time to time. They could spark a memory, like that scar you have from playing with that knife that you shouldn’t have been playing with in the first place. Sometimes it’s out of curiosity or boredom. Other times it could be for a minor reminder, like to wash them or to cut your fingernails. However, your hands can tell you a lot more information, and here’s five of them, and no, penis size indication is not one of them.

5. How Ethically You Are

An academic study in Britain found that how clean your hands are could influence your ethics. The study states that people who wash their hands before making a judgment are more lenient. This could apply in crucial situations, like in the courtroom. Jurors who wash their hands may issue a less severe punishment for the accused. The same could apply when voting, since clean voters are more likely to overlook political misdemeanors. Lancaster University psychologist Professor Carey Cooper stated these findings are “terrifying,” since “washing can make us more prepared to accept wrongdoing. It is very scary when you think of the implications, especially in the judicial world.”

4. Thought Process

In the 1960’s, American psychobiologist Roger W Sperry came up with the idea that the human brain actually consists of two halves. This concept has since helped explain our thought processes, which can be seen with our hands. Right-handed people tend to use the left side of the brain, which is more visual and processes information in an intuitive and simultaneous way. Lefties use their right side of their brain, which is verbal and processes information in an analytical and sequential way, which means looking first at the pieces then putting them together to get the whole. While this isn’t always so black and white, it does give us an idea on how we think. It’s been argued that people who are left-handed are more artistic and intelligent, for example.

However, our hands can show us more than just intelligence or how we learn best. Hands, in general, can also indicate what we’re thinking in their motions and gestures. For example, if a person is lying, they will place their hands on their face, throat or mouth. They may also touch or scratch their nose or ears. Finally, our hand gestures can give a person a sign without even uttering a single syllable. There’s numerous hand signals we use everyday, like an OK sign or waving to someone, and then there are the signs that send a clear message on what you’re thinking, like flopping someone off with your middle finger. That always seems to get the point across.

3. Personality Traits

According to John Manning’s book The Finger Book, the length of our fingers can provide us with insights on our personalities. For example, if a person’s ring finger is longer than their index finger, they are more likely to be less neurotic and sensitive, but are more of an aggressive, thrill seeking type. If a person’s index finger is longer than their ring finger, that person tends to be less inclined in seeking attention and have superior verbal skills. Oh yeah, they’re also more likely to be a homosexual. So, if you have some time to kill, try measuring your fingers, and see if any of these traits match your personality.

2. Sex Life

Researchers from Liverpool University recently shared a fascinating tidbit about fingers and a person’s sex life. They began by comprising four ancient hominin species. These included: Ardipithecus ramidus, a hominid who lived around 4.4 million years ago; Australopithecus afarensis around three to four million years ago; Neanderthals, who disappeared around 28,000 years ago; and a fossil of an early Homo sapiens, as anatomically modern humans are known, from around 90,000 years ago.

From there, the team based a theory around the ratio between the length of the index and ring fingers, big shocker, right? They reached this theory because finger length is determined while in the womb, thanks to the amount of androgens (sex hormones) that we’re exposed to for nine months. “High levels of in-utero androgens increase the length of the fourth finger in relation to the second finger, which thus lowers the ratio.” So, Ardipithecus, who had a low finger level, was a tad randy. Australopithecus afarensis, who had a high finger level, was more exclusive. Finally, the Neanderthal and early humans had low levels, which “suggest that both groups may have been more promiscuous than most living human populations,” which could still be applicable today. So, if you have a longer ring finger than index finger, you’re probably a promiscuous boy or girl.

1. Health Concerns

We recently featured an article that showed the correlation between the length of your index finger and prostate cancer. However, your hands can clue you in on a number of other health issues. Professor John Manning of the University of Central Lancashire was the main trendsetter behind the research. One of his findings, which I feel I’ve heard before, was the length of the index and ring fingers in males and their relation to the amount of “testosterone a fetus is subjected to at the end of the first trimester of pregnancy.” This is kinda of important, because the amount of sex hormones can influence finger length, which in turn, can be indicators for a wide range of health concerns from cancer, heart disease to ADHD. But, wait, there’s more. Women who have a long index finger relative to the length of the ring finger may be at a higher risk of early onset breast cancer.

Another research group, which consisted of a medical team in Southampton, discovered “that a hand with a palm that was long in relation to its breadth could indicate a tendency to high blood pressure.” The team also found that people with a “whirl pattern on one or more fingertips were more likely to have hypertension compared with people whose fingerprints were of the simple arch variety.” And, yes, there’s even more. Red palms can be a sign of liver disease. Knobby knuckles may mean rheumatoid arthritis. If your nails stop growing, you could be in for some serious medical issues. All of these make sense, since people in the medical field believe that your hands are a map to your bodies organs. Now you know, and knowing, is half the battle.

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