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Scientists have developed a guide to the perfect handshake.
The biggest handshake problems they identified were sweaty palms, limp wrists, gripping too hard and lack of eye contact.
Help is here for people who are overcome with nerves when faced with the age-old custom of shaking hands -- British scientists have unveiled a step-by-step guide to the perfect handshake.
Researchers at the University of Manchester, in northwest England, said on Thursday that the biggest problems were sweaty palms, limp wrists, gripping too hard and lack of eye contact.
Geoffrey Beattie, the university's head of psychological sciences, came up with a mathematical formula which took into account 12 key measures needed to convey trust and respect to the recipient.
They include vigor, eye contact and hand temperature.
"The human handshake is one of the most crucial elements of impression formation and is used as a source of information for making a judgment about another person," he said.