May the Hands-Clasped Walk Be With You
Updated: May 13
The power of the hands-clasped walk cannot be underestimated. After thousands of years of humans using a hands-clasped walk to sort out problems and get to the heart of the matter, it’s now becoming apparent how valuable of a tool it is.
The proper form is both hands behind the back, hands clasped in any manner (fingers don’t have to be interlocking, but that makes it more powerful). From there, it is essential to saunter with the head down, occasionally glancing to and fro.
The late Queen Elizabeth was famous for appearing with her hands clasped, but her hands were in front of her. That doesn’t count. No power in that.
Old men are often the ones seen walking with a proper behind-the-back hand clasp. It's also been referred to on Family Guy. I have heard it said that it helps them keep their balance, and that’s possible. But to me, old men are wise, correct? That’s because they take so many hands-clasped walks sorting out problems. That’s why they know everything.
Here’s the science behind it. The hands behind the back, when clasped, propel the body forward yet only to a certain point, where the limits of the arm’s length allow the body to lean no more forward. It’s a self-correcting posture that guarantees one won’t lean too far forward and fall face-first to the ground.
It’s that comfort in knowing you are secure that frees up the blood flow to the brain, making for wiser decisions, particularly when planning ahead.
If two people walk side-by-side with their hands clasped, now you’re talking real power. To clarify, it’s okay for them to speak to each other, but only sparingly, when necessary, like when they’ve just solved a problem.
Another purpose for a hands-clasped behind-the-back duo walking down the street happens when a couple is pondering courtship. What better way to put your judgments aside and look innocent to a prospective mate? It doesn’t happen like it did in the movies, but it still happens.
Now, if you see three people walking in hands-clasped behind-the-back unison, that is raw power. Let’s call it what it is: A brain-storming session. These people are getting things done. I want them on my team. This is how nations are built, and paradigms changed.
Are you getting the idea now?
The all-time hand-clasped walk was President Jimmy Carter, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin on the North Lawn of the White House in 1979. This was so powerful that the earth’s axis changed at that exact moment. The power was so extreme that their hands fantastically untangled from behind their backs and clasped in perfect unison with each other at the precise moment that cameras were rolling.
That’s the power of a hands-clasped walk. Think it looks silly? Think again.