MODERN PALMISTRY - The New International Community for Reading Hands!

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Are you interested to ask a question about your hands? Or do you have a question about Palmistry / Palm Reading? You can ask your question and start participating in the discussions at:

Modern Palmistry – the new forum at! 


The forum offers:

– Free assistance from some very experienced Palmistry, Hand Analysis & Chirology experts in the world!
– A rich history of discussions and shared palmistry materials!

For example, you can also take a look at some ‘famous hands’:

• The hands of Dennis Hopper
• The hands of Michael Jackson
• The hands of Nelson Mandela

PS. NOTICE: You can take a look into the forum without joining; if you would like to participate in the discussions your will have to join AND activate your account!!!

Hand projections demonstrate how anorexia works

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Scientists at University College London asked people to put their left hands palm down under a board and judge the location of the covered hand’s knuckles and fingertips with a pointer. The results pointed out that people tend to think that their hands are wider and their fingers are shorter than they truly are. Lead researcher Dr Matthew Longo recognized how the findings may well be relevant to psychiatric conditions involving body image such as anorexia nervosa.

Susan Ringwood, chief executive of the eating disorders charity Beat, said:

“We know that one of the features of anorexia nervosa can be distorted body image. People affected can truly believe that they are grossly fat, even when they are dangerously underweight. They are able to judge other people’s bodies quite accurately and would describe someone else the same size as themselves correctly, but still not be able to do that about their own weight and shape.”

“This brain study may give some insight into how this could be possible, and could be very motivating for people with eating disorders to know that there was a biological explanation for their experiences, rather than feeling it was their fault.”

Obviously, the brain tends to make body image projections that are wider and shorter than the body (hand) really is. And women are typically known for experiencing more problems in visuo-spatial tasks!  

But there’s more known about how hands relate to anorexia… 



But there is another connection between anorexia nervosa and the hand:  it’s in the length of the fingers! 

High 2d:4d digit ratio (the typically female-like finger length variant) has been associated with low levels of prental testosterone exposure AND high levels of eating disordered behaviors. Michael D. Anestis reports:

“Drive for thinness was lower in men with a lower 2D:4D ratio and drive for muscularity was higher in men with a lower 2D:4D ratio. …A lower 2D:4D ratio also predicted lower levels of eating disordered behaviors in men. …So, what do these findings tell us?  First of all, it appears that, for men as with women, a greater level of prenatal testosterone is associated with less of a drive to be thin and lower levels of eating disordered behaviors.  Additionally, a greater level of prenatal testosterone exposure appears to predict a greater drive to develop a muscular physique.” 

So, next to the brain-created body image distortions – prenatal testosterone is also involved in anorexia nervosa related eating disorders.

Please feel free to share your thoughts…             


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Will Your Man Cheat …?

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] What if you could find out if your man is at a higher risk for infidelity before you married him? Dr. Phil and his panel of medical experts discuss the new science behind a cheater’s brain and what can be done if your loved one is at a higher risk. Author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, Dr. Daniel Amen, author of Insatiable Wives, clinical psychologist Dr. David Ley, Claremont University’s Dr. Paul Zak and author of The Male Brain, neuro-psychiatrist Dr. Louann Brizendine explain how you can discern a man’s risk for infidelity and the treatment options to lower his risk. presents a 4 item list of physiological indicators that your han is at a higher risk for cheating:

  • Length of ring finger compared to pointer finger: The length of a man’s ring finger is linked to testosterone in utero and during puberty. A longer ring finger means more testosterone, and the increased likelihood of a greater number of sex partners and a higher risk of cheating.

  • Facial symmetry and size of jaw: If one side of a man’s face matches the other side, is symmetrical, the more it is an indicator to women that that man has high genetic value. Men whose faces are more [symmetrical] are more likely to have more partners because more women want to have their children.
  • Size of penis: If a male is well-endowed, that means more testosterone and a higher risk of cheating.
  • Brain injuries: Men with a history of engaging in impact sports like football or martial arts, or men who’ve had a history of concussions are at a higher risk. Also, men with disorders like ADD or bipolar disorder have low pre-frontal cortex activity or hyper-frontal activity, which could mean less ability to stop impulsive behaviors, like cheating.

By the way, did you know that… Casanova had the long ring finger!

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Paul the octopus correctly predicted the result of the match Uruguay vs. Germany. Coincidence? FIFA rankings tell the story!


 Some football experts believe that ‘Paul the Octopus’ at the Sea Life aquarium, Oberhausen – Germany – became the true star of the FIFA World Cup tournament 2010. His fame was established by predicting correctly the outcome of all 7 World Cup matches played by Germany + the final. But how revealing are psychic Paul’s results really?

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Paul started his ‘track record’ at the Euro football championships 2008 by predicting correctly 4 out of 6 of the matches played by Germany. Combined with the 2010 World Championships Paul’s results look quite impressive: 12 out 14 predictions were to be correct.

Germany’s football results are not surprizing! 

Anyone who follows international football knows that Germany has a pretty impressive track record at World Championships – by fact: Germany won the FIFA World Cup title three times. 

However,  the FIFA World Rankings are much more revealing!  Actually, anyone who choose to bet his money simply on the team with the highest ranking had an excellent result. For, out of the 13 games played by Germany the FIFA ranking correctly predicted the outcome of 11 matches. Exactly the same result as the ‘performance’ of our 8-armed friend!

And the same pattern is true for Paul’s only match where Germany was not involved: Paul correctly choose Spain in favourite of The Netherlands – but the FIFA World Ranking was a reliable predictor again as well!


Did Sea Life fool Oberhausen the footbal world?

No, there is no reaon to blame Sealife for sharing Paul’s predictions. But one can observe a very clear ‘pattern’ in Paul’s predictions: during the 2008 tournament Paul choose always Germany, and basically he continued this pattern during the 2010 tournament – with only 2 exceptions. 

Why did Paul so many times choose Germany? First of all, octopuses are known for their high intelligence, including an excellent short- and longterm memory. So, that could easily explain why Germany was chosen by Paul so many times: in 11 out 13 games.

And on top of that it is likely that Paul made his choices due to certain aspects of the stimuli that were presented to him. But beyond the colors of the German flag, it is hard to find any color pattern in Paul’s choices, exept… that in 13 out of 14 choices made by Paul the lower half of the chosen flag is lighter than the upper half. 

For example:

The most surprizing prediction made by Paul was the loss of Germany against Serbia (2010) and Croatia (2008). Could the flags of Serbia and Croatia provide a ‘clue’ about why Paul was attracted to these flags? You can decide yourself…




Why did Paul chose for Serbia above Germany, but prefered Germany instead of Croatia? The theory of the ‘lighter lower half’ provides an answer. Coincidence? 

Though this theory doesn’t explain why Paul choose  different results for the two matches between Germany & Spain: but Paul predicted only one of those matches correct. Likely an unsolvable puzzle…  

Psychic Paul’s final prediction!

Regarding Paul’s final prediction for the final – if Paul is indeed attracted by the flag with the ‘lighter lower half’, how revealing is it really that Paul correctly choose Spain as the winner of the tournament? The flag of The Netherlands has a ‘lighter UPPER half’.




Remember, according the FIFA World Rankings Spain had to win the tournament!

So, even BEFORE the final match between The Netherlands and Spain is played – we already knew that Paul’s predictions on the matches would not be able beat the expected outcome of those matches according the FIFA World Rankings.

And while ‘flag color’ predicted the correct outcome of 13 out of 14 matches, of course any relationship between flag color and football results … is based on a ‘spurious’ correlation!!!

So, it would be rather foolish to use this color theory presented in this article as a new predictor for the next world champion.

Your thoughts are welcome… by the way, experts say that an octopus has 6 arms and 2 legs!!


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Madonna & the art of retouch: why is she wearing hand gloves again?

Madonna has started wearing gloves again, an example of body dysmorphobia or another marketing trick?

Earlier this week the Daily Mirror revealed: Madonna hates the appearance of her hands and says they are too ‘old ladyShe’s managed to work wonders with her face over the past few years thanks to Dr. Frederic Brandt, but hands have always been the big age giveaway,” a source told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper.
The 51 year-old is reportedly said to be being treated by Dr Fredric Brandt in an effort to give her hands a more youthful appearance.

[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false]  The pop star has recently been seen wearing hand gloves on two separate occasions and is said to have kept her hands in her pockets at a charity event. Has she started developing body dysmorphobia?

Hard to say because the aging of her hands has been noticed in the media since 2007. Madonna is known for spending about a half million pounds every year to look younger, and earlier this year a report was published on the ‘retouch’ of her hands. But likewise reports had occured in the media which clearly illustrate that just like Michael Jackson … Madonna is not able to turn back time.

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But maybe there is another reason why Madonna has started wearing gloves. For, she’s not the only one: her daughter Lourdes has started wearing ‘gloves without fingers’ as well.

Actually, as a matter of fact, Lourdes has recently made her first steps in becoming a fashion queen! Not only will the singer’s daughter get her own designs out in stores this August with the Material Girl Collection – including a hand glove (!),  but she’s also turning fashion blogger to promote it.

So what do you think? Is Madonna wearing gloves because she simply likes them to wear – possibly because she is suffering on a body dysmorphic disorder? Or … has Madonna started wearing gloves again as a marketing trick – for promoting her daughter’s efforts?





Madonna & her daughter Lourdes - both wearing hand gloves (march 2010)



Madonna saying 'hello' (2009)



Madonna's right hand (2008)



Madonna's hands (2007)



Madonna's hands (1989)

Madonna's hands - album cover: 'Like a Prayer' (1989).

Madonna's hands - like a prayer (1989).



Madonna's hands - album: 'The First Album' (1985)



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FIFA World Cup 1986 - Diego Maradona's hand of God.


[tweetmeme source=”handresearch” only_single=false] Maradona initially denied that he had scored his first goal in the match Argentina against England with his bare hands. Maradona said: “a little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.”

The historical moment in the history of FIFA World Cup footballbecame known as the “Hand of God,” or “la mano de Dios.”

Ultimately, on 22 August 2005 Maradona acknowledged on his television show that he had hit the ball with his hand purposely, and that he immediately knew the goal was illegitimate. The goal stood, much to the wrath of the English players.

FIFA World Cup 2010 - Luis Suarez's hand of God.

FIFA World Cup 2010:

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez said “the ‘Hand Of God’ now belongs to me” after his goal-line handball helped his country reach the World Cup semi-finals.

The striker punched Adiyah’s goal-bound header to deny Ghana what would have proved to be the extra-time winner. Asamoah Gyan missed the ensuing penalty and Uruguay went on to win a shoot-out.

As a consequence of his ‘hand of God’, Suarez now misses the semi-final match against The Netherlands – where he became the 2010 top scorer in the Dutch football competion for his club Ajax – Amsterdam! 


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