When the hand is laid flat and the fingers are pressed together, the index and ring fingers should ideally be the same length and reach halfway up the distal phalanx (the one with the fingernail) of the middle finger.
The norm dictates that the little finger goes up to the joint between the distal and middle phalanges of the ring finger, and that the thumb, when planted neither too high nor too low in the palm, reaches halfway up the proximal phalanx of the index.
The three phalanges of the fingers should all be the same length.
We expect the length of the middle finger to equal the width of the palm. It would also be desirable according to the “experts” that the fingers be aligned with the axis of the hand.
We will only use these measurements as the criteria to evaluate the fingers relative to each other, and never to establish the right length or the wrong length. It is merely an average measurement.
General considerations of normality:
Since we stand out as a unique specimen among others, we should state right away that the norm becomes the exception instead of the rule regarding the human species and that we are all therefore “abnormal”! But we had to adopt a basic standard to be able to compare hands and evaluate their differences.
“I’d rather be whole than good,” said Jung. The goal then is to find a cohesion in the forces at work. All measurements that diverge from the norm contribute to the composition of a nonstandard portrait. Are we not all different while still having the same attributes that vary only in a few details? We will refrain from value judgments before gathering all the “normal” and nonstandard elements and making a final account in order to highlight the uniqueness of the whole.
- The balance of the personality occurs when all the non-standard elements integrate into a network of continuous and well-laid lines that ensures their cohesion.
- Only the discontinuous, severed, or frayed lines, those of irregular caliber or that collide, reveal a lack of adaptation of the personality.
- The disrupted zones of the hand indicate the sectors of the psyche affected by short circuits of energy.
Let’s take Michelangelo’s David as an example. The impression of strength that emanates from this monumental marble statue, and the determination to defeat the giant Goliath with his slingshot, are both concentrated in his gaze and the deliberately disproportionate size of his hands in relation to the rest of his body.
In our analysis we are therefore on the lookout for the “anomaly,” for the disproportionate – any elements shorter or longer than the norm – those hints of excess or lack that reveal the personality of the subject.
Every hand presents a unique character and it’s the varyingly harmonious combination of its parts that differentiates it from any other hand. It’s up to you to create the most accurate portrait by capturing the vibrations that emanate from it.
That is when the science of analysis becomes the art of interpretation.