I don't quite get when I should be shaking someone's hand (especially women). What is some proper etiquette? I am clear about the regular stuff; firm handshake, look at other person (in eyes), not clammy, but what about shaking a woman's hand? When is that appropriate? What if it is someone I am attracted to - would she think I am a weirdo if I shake her hand (as it should be up to her if she wants to extend her hand to me)? Do women regard handshaking the same as men? I read somewhere that one shouldn't shake a woman's hand unless she extends it. That seems a bit old fashioned and (especially in business) should it matter if one is shaking hands with a man or woman? In addition, what about friends or strangers? With good friends, it seems almost silly to shake their hands everytime I see them but if we don't see each other for a while it seems to re-aquaint us. I have also read that it is rude not to shake someone's hand if it is extended, even if you don't like the person.
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3/9/06 at 10:27pm