No-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o. I stare in horror at what Deborah Kelly wrote in her Jan 10th column here:
In it Ms. Kelly proposes a handshake ban.
Talk about losing ones’ grip on reality.
Handshaking is not a dirty habit. Nor is it a ritual that as humans we are about to give up due to someone’s delicate sensibilities. Handshaking goes back to before 5th century BC, some of the history and customs can be found on this wiki entry here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handshake
I’m not a psychologist but it seems to me that someone crying “Don’t shake the hand that feeds you!” in an attempt to circumvent such a primal and common ritual suggests someone with trust issues.
I base this assessment in observation. Back in 200 I worked on the set of a made for TV movie with Howie Mandel. This was around the time where Mandel’s germaphobia kicked into high gear. He has since written a book about his struggles with mental disorders that were at the root of his fear. A short article on that can be found here: http://www.celebitchy.com/62076/howie_mandel_has_written_a_book_about_his_long_battle_ocd/
Proposing a ban on handshaking is not an appropriate response to interacting with other humans. Unfortunately it is a completely expected and appropriate response by Kelly that only serves to emphasize her hands-off approach to journalism.
Kelly’s the editor in chief for a paper for crying out loud, how is she supposed to engage with the community if she’s constantly spraying herself down with antibacterial spray?
What are people left to think when greeted with a reluctant and undoubtedly limp handshake?