Insight from the American Academy of Hand Analysis ~ by Kay Packard
Subject: The Tight Rope – Mastering Communications
Marking in the Hand: Simian Line – Heart and Head Lines entwined in Union on one or both hands.
Interpretation: A level of intense behavior is associated with the owner of a simian line(s). The line acts as a divide separating the upper (abstract) and lower (physical) areas of the palm. The divide is like a tight rope, and walking it takes extreme balance, focus, training, skill and courage. The documentary film Man on Wire depicts the dogged drive, interior discipline, and relentless engagement needed to walk the rope. Nothing seems to matter to the ‘man’ but the wire.
Now imagine the difficulty if the rope being walked is being pulled in two different directions, like a game of tug of war. Whoa! That is the challenge facing those with a simian line(s). They find themselves quickly walking, if not sprinting, back and forth between opposites. “Today I want carpet, tomorrow I want wood floors”. And it’s installed within 24 hours by their own hands!
Another challenge for the owner of this marker is to communicate effectively. The thinking system (head) is tightly woven with the feelings (heart) system and therefore usually influences how the words flow out of her mouth. While she feels she is being very clear in her words, the person or group she’s speaking to may misunderstand her. Likewise, words coming into her ears from another may also get garbled up and misinterpreted. This can be frustrating for both parties. Just trying to keep up with the lightning fast progression in a conversation with the owner of a simian line can be exhausting, but very exciting!
There is internal tension here similar to a snake shedding its skin. The old skin is released and the mind/body prepared for the new. Yet the ‘new’ brings uncertainties that can feel awkward and potentially unbearable. This gives the impression of a ‘critical edge’. Their volatility isn’t about another person; it is purely about their internal struggle to understand their own emotional excitement, distress, joy, restlessness, frustration and dissatisfactions.
Recommendation for the Owner: Allow and accept yourself for your tendencies to act/react and then retreat. You seem to feel more than others and you might not understand why they are not as intense as you, or vice-versa, why you are so intense. There is nothing wrong with you. You are amazing! You have tremendous energy for accomplishment and are learning to effectively harness and apply that power. You ‘over-process’ on the inside, so others may see you as either a run away freight train, or aloof and uncaring. Your job is to communicate in a variety of ways to be understood. Practice, practice, practice. Give yourself time to percolate those intense feeling-thoughts, and be sure to have a physical outlet to release them in order to avoid less healthy ways to calm down. If you feel a desperate need reinvent yourself – hang in there! You may suddenly transport to a new level in your personal evolutionary journey. Vigor and drive compel your walk on the tight rope. Your path of great potential is being a Communications Master!
Author: Kay Packard
Contributing Editors: Anne Bunnell, Debe’ Wenig