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Mind-reading.

A well-established theory in psychology allows you to work out whether a speaker is thinking ‘good’ or ‘bad’, as long as you know which is their dominant hand.

People gesture with their dominant hand when they are thinking of good and with their weaker hand when they are thinking of bad.

Prof Daniel Casasanto analysed the speech and gestures of 4 presidential candidates from the last two elections.

Whether Republican (right) or Democrat (left), whether right-handed or left-handed, the candidates gestured on their dominant side when expressing positive ideas and on their weaker hand when expressing negative thoughts.

Good is right, but not if you are left-handed.

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September 4, 2010 - Posted by | Daniel Casasanto, Language, Psychology, Relationships, Success

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