During the handshake, the left hand touches the other’s elbow, forearm or shoulder.
Trust The person wants to strengthen the personal bond.
“We are good friends.”
Dominance The person raises his/her status.
“You are beneath me.”
With this gesture the person tries to establish trust in a dominant manner. It is only acceptable between close friends. Using this gesture with customers, may cause distrust and you may commit social suicide. As an answer to this dominant gesture, you can either reciprocate the touch or use the left hand to push the other person back slightly and then stand sideways.
Categories arms/hands, dominant, territorial
This is one out of 63 gestures from the body language trainer.