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How to Shake Hands With “The Magic Handshake”

All public figures – particularly politicians, need to understand that the purpose of a handshake in front of an audience or a camera, is to allow the public to take a reading – to gage the nature of the relationship between the politician and the person he or she is shaking hands with.  This rule holds whether a politician is shaking the hand of a world leader or an ordinary citizen at a lunch counter.

Clearly George W. Bush did not understand this concept.  As President, he apparently thought shaking hands in front of a camera, was an opportunity to showcase his smile for posterity.  These are not anecdotal photographs.  On the Getty Images website, there are literally hundreds of photos of President Bush in this same awkward position.

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Charisma in the Jungle

By @charisma in 

Why everyone is wrong about charisma.


Because she was a content,distance away, Jane couldn’t quite tell what David was doing as he sat beside that termite mound sticking a blade of grass into it, and then putting the blade in his mouth.  After he left, she approached the mound, stuck a blade of grass into it and saw that a bunch of termites grabbed onto the blade with their mandibles… David was using the blade as a tool to capture the termites.  Not long after this, Jane saw David and other chimpanzees stripping the leaves off of twigs, sticking the twigs in termite mounds and eating the termites off the twigs.  The chimps – she realized, were creating tools to make their foraging for termites more efficient

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