What the Length of Your Index Finger Says About You

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The idea that
the shape of your hands indicates something profound about your
sexual proclivities, the films you like, your athletic ability and
your prowess on the stock market seems bizarre.

And yet for
many decades now, scientists have noticed an extraordinary link
between the ratio of two digits on the hand – the ring and
index fingers, known in scientists’ jargon as 2D and 4D –
and a whole host of seemingly unrelated traits.

Evidence is
growing that this ‘digit ratio’, especially when applied
to the right hand, is a fundamental indicator of sexuality, aggression
and diseases suffered by men.

This week,
for example, strong evidence has emerged of a link between the ‘2D:4D
finger ratio’ and a man’s likelihood of developing prostate

men whose index fingers are longer than their ring fingers are significantly
less likely to develop the disease, according to scientists at the
Institute Of Cancer Research.

Working out
your digit ratio is not simply a matter of looking at your hand
and comparing the position of the tips of the fingers. You must
measure the distance from the midpoint of the lowest crease at the
base of the finger, on the palm side, to the very end of the fleshy
tip (obviously the fingernail does not count!).

A long index
finger also correlates strongly with a lower risk of early heart
disease and, in women, a higher risk of breast cancer and greater

People with
relatively long index fingers are also more likely to suffer from
schizophrenia, allergies, eczema and hay fever.

Young boys
are more likely to be clingy and anxious than their low-ratio peers
but also, ultimately, less attention-seeking and better behaved
in school.

While a long
index finger is considered a more feminine hand – men who have
them are more likely to be homosexual – a short index finger
relative to the ring finger is a more masculine hand.

It correlates
with higher male fertility and sperm counts, higher levels of aggression
and increased aptitude for both sport and music.

Women who have
this masculine finger pattern are more likely to be lesbians than
those who don’t, and display higher levels of aggression –
as well as enjoy greater professional success.

The extraordinary
thing is that these assertions are based on serious scientific evidence.
It was as long ago as the late 1700s that people noticed that a
greater proportion of men have shorter index fingers than do women.

But it was
not until the 1980s that scientists began to wonder if the digit
ratio could be linked to more than simply being male or female.

The first such
study was conducted on women, and found a link between a short index
finger – or more ‘masculine’ ratio – and female
assertiveness. Since then, the floodgates have opened, showing links
between the digit ratio and more than 100 psychological traits and
propensities to various illnesses.

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4, 2010

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