I am the same MP50, my handshake is also my bond and promise however thats because were I live in Northern England we still follow the old traditions and manners and you sort of step back in time 50 yrs here, compared to the more modernistic parts of England.
I used to work with a swedish girl called Anna she was lovely and she taught me a little bit of the language and she always hugged, I remember when we met I offered my hand and she looked a little shocked at first lol we still laugh about it now. She moved back to Uppsala but we keep in touch all the time.
I would have loved to have seen your face when the viking grabbed you i bet it was a picture lol
Here in the deep south the handshake still means something. A limp handshake may be a deal breaker instead of a deal maker. The handshake was once a means of showing you meant peace as the right hand was usually the one you carried a weapon in.
I shake hands all the time. The worst is when someone grabs your fingers when they're on the way in for the shake and before your palms are touching. This means you can't get a proper handshake in from your side as you can't get a grip on them, but they get a good grip on you. It's a knobby thing to do, but I've had a couple of blokes do it. I also always stand by a handshake, the only thing is I have been shafted on occasion as it always takes me by surprise when someone else doesn't as I just expect everyone else to have the same values.
I have a thing about shaking hands...okay...so maybe I have have some sort of disorder I don't know. But I do know I hate touching strangers or strangers touching me. If we know each other or have developed some sort of bond it's okay but shaking the hand of someone I am meeting for the first time is strictly off limits.
I think it really depends on what you two were saying before the handshake - whether there was an implicit agreement, or you were just saying "nice to meet ya" Handshakes at any given time can change. Maybe the guy didn't like you!! or liked you way too much?? I wouldn't put a lot of meaning into a handshake but follow someone's actual actions instead. I've always felt that way, but now that I've been in contact with several passive/aggressive people I find that the ONLY thing you can count on is what they DO! so I may stop shaking hands altogether, lest I forget that it probably means nothing. Get it in writing if you're making an agreement - sad, but true! I've had people look me in the eye, shake my hand, and vow to do something - then, no, it's not happening. So -
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