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Handshake Snubs: Classy or Trashy?

Handshake snubs from prominent figures always seem to make the news. Why does something as seemingly insignificant as a handshake mean so much to people?

Handshakes are (for the most part) a universal gesture of mutual respect. It is the greeting of dignitaries, politicians, businesspeople, sports figures, and people just like you and me. So when a handshake is snubbed, it's a major sign of disrespect.

There are generally three reasons why a handshake would be snubbed: genuine mistake, blatant disregard, and germaphobic worries.

Today, we are looking at recent handshake "snubs" that have made the news. Oh yes, we are looking at royalty, politicians, First Ladies, and sports figures. Some of these reported handshake snubs are not as they appear... In fact, out of the case studies we are looking at today, only one of them stands out to me as blatant disregard.

Of course, there are always exceptions, however, I believe that reciprocating a handshake, even if you do not like the other person or disagree with them, is the classy thing to do. It shows that you are able to transcend your differences for a brief moment in time. It does't mean you agree with them, or condone what they do, but it does allow you to "take the high road", if only for that brief moment.

Let us know what you think of the alleged handshake "snubs" featured in today's video.


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Unknown said...

My mom taught us something called basic human kindness. I think that’s what you are referring to when you speak of taking the high road. Her “basic human kindness” approach has allowed me to see past the skin and bones of people into the soul that God created. Love your content!

Frenchcaligirl said...

The one time when I have felt awkward about handshakes is at church only when sitting by someone who is coughing and sneezing a lot. I sit there thinking that I don’t want to appear rude but nor do I want to increase the possibility of my catching whatever cold or sickness they may have. I have carried a small container of hand sanitizer in my purse and have tried to discreetly use it afterward. I have also patted their shoulder rather than shake their hand when someone appears to be sick. I really appreciate that when people are sick say they won’t shake due to their illness. I do that if I have a cold or cough.

ginko said...

I agree that shaking someone’s hand is taking the high road. I think it’s also common courtesy. Not shaking someone’s hand singles that person out as being “other”, less than you, and is very disrespectful since we are all human, and all have a deep connection to each other whether we choose to recognize that or not. Thank you talking about this.

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Shannon Bardwell said...

Two comments. My brother is a germaphobe. He contracts illnesses easily so he does the fist bump at church or attentionally arrives late-after the hugging and shaking. As for me, for reasons I won't go into I became a handshaker years ago with everyone and most often extend my hand first. The hand, while welcoming, was also my barrier. Here in the South most everyone is a hugger and I found this at times inappropriate so no matter who it was I was meeting out came that hand and now it is just habit. It actually for me feels a little empowering. I've had women be surprised sometimes at another woman extending her hand but I've never had anyone refuse it. It carries with it a big smile.