Stiff Thumb Meaning in Hand Analysis

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Stiff Thumb Meaning in Palmistry

The stiff thumb, and flexible thumb, have a great significance in reading hands. You can glance at a person’s hand and quickly get a general idea of their energy, drive, and basic temperament. Therefore, being able to read the thumb is handy in situations where one is meeting someone for the first time. In most business or personal situations, people shake hands to introduce themselves. What a perfect opportunity to glance at the thumb!

The first thing to look at when analysing the thumb, as with most features, is finding balance in proportion to itself and how it appears to look on the hand is ideal – nothing too crude and nothing too small.

If the thumb is short

short thumb

Looking at the length, if it’s small, it fails to reach halfway up the base phalange of the index finger. The little thumb denotes some weakness of character with a passive nature; a daydreamer rather than a doer. They are mostly ruled by their heart. If the thumb is thin as well as short, they are not the least bit arrogant or aggressive.

The long thumb

An extended or large thumb is one which reaches past the middle of the lower section of the index finger, depicting the strength of character. This person is a natural ruler. A substantial thumb reveals leadership skills, strength, control, and staying power. As with a regular length thumb, these people are self-motivated and have a sensible and realistic approach to matters.

If the thumb sits low on the palm

A low-set thumb is when the inside of the thumb is below halfway on the hand, closer to the wrist. It portrays a sensible and open-minded person with a down to earth outlook on life. They may not always be very imaginative, but they are undoubtedly self-confident, determined, independent and very adaptable. They are generous with a love of adventure and often have many interests. This type belongs to the hands of a worker.

low set thumb

A High-set Thumb

An unusually high-set thumb is when the inside of the thumb is more than halfway up the palm. It is quite rare and be a sign of a mentally handicapped individual. (Check to see if there are a normal head, heart and life lines). If the thumb sits high, but still normal looking, it can depict someone quite shrewd, and so not very trustworthy. They are less adaptable than those with a medium or low set thumb. The thumb in this position usually has a narrow-angle, and so shows a very cautious, secretive nature. As they are typically very selfish, for them to be in a generous mood, they must have a valid reason or worthy cause.


A rigid, straight or stiff thumb is when the top joint does not bend back away from the hand. It reveals someone with a persistent, disciplined nature with fixed attitudes. These people are stubborn but determined and not likely to fuss or worry too much; although they lack spontaneity.

The positive aspect of the stiff thumb is that it mainly belongs to somebody with solid reasoning, and so prefer to negotiate situations through actual evidence.

Remember to check if the thumb on a narrow or wide-angle, as this connotation varies by either type. A close angle with rigid thumb belongs to someone who is not only set in their ways but selfish and closed-minded as well. A wide-angle naturally lessens the negative trait, giving a much more open nature.

  • These people like to be in control but may try to dominate someone with a flexible thumb.
  • They have a skill for concentration.
  • Most are reliable and responsible.
  • They have strong opinions and are straight to the point.
  • If with rough skin, they are unsympathetic.

Straight thumb

straight thumb meaning palmistry

The straight thumb (looking from the nail side) has both phalanges approximately the same thickness and length. It shows someone logical, direct, trustworthy and modest. It is the ideal shape for a thumb. They have a rational and balanced nature.

When the thumb is flexible

A flexible thumb is when the whole thumb is naturally supple or curved from a side view. It suggests a flexible attitude and someone who is open to new ideas and readily adapts to their circumstances; happily going with the flow.

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