Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder Indications from the Hands
If you are interested in hand analysis (palmistry), you will understand that a large part of palm reading is about knowing the character. Various markings, such as lines and features can contribute to recognising obsessive-compulsive signs from the hands. Remember that for a diagnosis, we must see evidence of each feature for it to be valid.
Obsessive-Compulsive behaviour is more common in men, but as a rule, it is not exclusive to men. These people tend to function very single-mindedly. They have a different way of relating to things with intensity in their focus. The focus can be so intense that it can limit the range of their attention. Sometimes it’s easy to recognise this behaviour through simple conversation.
Probably the easiest way to recognise obsessive-compulsiveness is when the person is always thinking or working something out. These people can be workaholics, and doing something on a whim is not something they can grasp. Every action is deliberate and almost always perfected. Also, they can too easily neglect other peoples feelings and tend to focus more on themselves.
The strong desire in life is problem-solving, and so they can be excellent engineers and scientists. The features listed below describe all the attributes required of the personality disorder. [Ref: The Illustrated Textbook of Psychodiagnostic Chirology in Analysis and Therapy. A Holtzman.]
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Obsessive-compulsive signs from the hands
- The hands are firm and inflexible.
- The palms are hard (never soft). The rough skin belongs to the less refined, more animalistic individual. For this reason, sensitivity or empathy does not come naturally to them. These people are happiest in the great outdoors and quickly feel uneasy if stuck between walls too long. He is the manual worker who is physically robust and vigorous, commonly seen in farmers, builders, and mechanics. Very rough skin (if not formed by hard labour) can indicate long-term stress.
- Fingers are not dysplastic, have no abnormalities like bends or curves.
- The knuckles protrude, never sunken in.
- Middle and ring fingertips are spatulate and bulky compared to the base of the finger.
- A sharp angle of the (low-set) thumb at its base. The sharp angle is called the angle of practicality. It is where the thumb joins the palm. The larger the bump, the more practical they are. It also depicts the sense of timing, whether in music or merely being punctual.
- The back of the hand appears muscular with coarse looking skin (never soft or refined).
- The ring finger is often longer than the index finger.
- The palm appears square shaped, never long and narrow.
- The lines might have exaggerated curves, or a Simian line.
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