Martijn van Mensvoort -  Hand Research

MARCH 15, 2008

How your fingers reveal so much about you...

Author: John Manning -

When we look at our fingers, we may think they are beautiful, ugly, refined, or stubby. We use them to eat, gesticulate, carry, point. But what do they tell us about our personalities?

Why should football players generally have longer ring fingers than other men? What do fingers and sex have in common?

What our fingers can tell us: the finger ratio
Our fingers provide us with a wealth of evidence about how men and women differ, and how they are programmed before birth to show certain behaviour patterns and likelihood of getting certain diseases.

As a fascinating new book explains, the length of our ring and index fingers can greatly influence our personality, health and abilities.

What our fingers can tell us: the finger ratio

The early growth of our ring finger is sensitive to levels of testosterone - the so-called "male hormone", in the womb (as the testosterone receptors are more densely packed along the finger), and the longer our ring finger the more "masculine" we will turn out to be.

Of course, finger length is also dependent on body size, so we must compare the length of our ring finger with that of our index finger, since the index finger's early growth is dependent on the "female hormone", oestrogen.

The relative length of our ring and index fingers - our "finger ratio" - therefore speaks volumes about the balance of maleness and femaleness of our body and brain.

A long ring finger is not universal, but characteristic of men. A long index finger is found in many men, but overall it is characteristic of women as a group.

After years of research, during which I conducted many experiments, I have concluded that there are many fascinating different things our fingers can tell us.

Calculate your own finger ratio using the box (bearing in mind the strength of these relationships vary from quite weak to quite strong), and join me on an enlightening journey of discovery.

What our fingers can tell us: the finger ratio


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Related sources:
The Finger Book
What our fingers can tell us
What they say about men with long ring fingers
Left Handedness & Finger Asymmetry
Giving Science the Finger
Digit Ratio & Agression
Finger Length & Facial Characteristics
Finger Length & Children's exam results
Finger Length & Osteoarthritis
Pointing a Finger at Sports Success




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