The Way You Make a Fist Reveals a Lot About Your Personality

The Way You Make a Fist Reveals a Lot About Your Personality

There probably aren’t many times in a day when we make a fist. For most people, fist-making occurs on rare occasions, such as when you’re playing rock-paper-scissors, pledging solidarity to something, containing your anger, or when you’re about to punch a wall or someone’s face (this is assault unless done in self-defense). However, you are probably not paying attention to how your thumb goes into or around your other fingers when you’re making a fist. According to psychology, this simple act can reveal a lot of things about your personality. [1]

Personality psychology deals largely with our simple, insignificant, and often involuntary actions. An expert could understand a lot about you by observing the way you arrange your dishes during a meal, the colors of socks you wear, how you handle your trash, and of course, the way you make a fist.

Three popular fisting methods correspond to three sets of personalities. Go ahead and make one right now in the most natural way possible. Which personality type are you?

If your thumb stays outside of your other fingers while stranding straight, you are type A.

If your thumb says outside of your other finger but lies tightly across them, you’re type B.

If you clench your thumb with your other fingers, you’re type C.

Type A

People who make this fist type are gentle, charismatic, and compassionate. They are natural leaders who other people are often inclined to look up to, and they always stay goal-oriented and focused even when they are feeling unsure. They are level-headed people, good at controlling their emotions and managing those of others. They make others feel safe, well-guarded and protected, and while their outward character may not exude dominance, they are reliable protectors. 

If this is your fist type, you’re most likely organized person who likes to keep things neat and tidy. You may show signs of impatience when your goals are being delayed. However, you’re generally cool-headed and people may try to take advantage of you.

Type A people are ambiverts — they balance the features of both introverts and extroverts. While they tend to lean more to the introverted side, they can be naturally outgoing when the occasion calls for it and can recline immediately afterward.

Type B

These are extraverted people with a lot of confidence and high self-esteem, which sometimes comes off as a superiority complex.  However, they are mostly just outgoing people who wear their hearts on their sleeves and have no trouble saying what’s on their mind. They get comfortable around others very easily.

They are also very self-assured and ambitious. They trust their own capabilities although they tend to keep their visions and dreams to themselves. This is uncharacteristic of extraverts, but they do this because people tend to misunderstand them a lot. However, if you are a type B, nothing holds you back when you put your mind to something; you know how to stay focused and consistent.

Type C

Type C fist-makers are the pure introverts who enjoy their own company more than anything else. Most people may mistake this for shyness, which it partly is sometimes, but you mostly just enjoy having your own space all to yourself. The thumb-hiding thing may be due to a need to hide away your emotions and feelings at all times, preferring not to be seen and making as little noise as possible.

If this is your fist type, then you probably do not enjoy showing off or bragging. You try as much as possible to do everything on a low-key.

You’re kind, thoughtful, and extremely observant. You see things before others do and you’d often try to get ahead of them mentally.  You’re not very good at making friends, but that’s okay because you’d choose one trustworthy, solid friend over a million phony people any day. You’re strong, honest, and highly reliable. 

One problem you might have is that you tend to get really stuck in your comfort zone. It feels safe in there, protected in a mental terrain you’re all too familiar with. Nothing can go wrong when you have a measure of control, right? Sadly, this is you standing in the way of your progress and limiting your horizons. There’s so much more you could be and it all stands on the other side of fear.

So, what fist type are you? How accurate were your results? I’m a type C and I certainly need to get out of my comfort zone a bit more.


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  2. Personality Psychology.Very Well Mind. Kendra Cherry. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  3. What Is a Superiority Complex?Healthline. Kimberly Holland. Retrieved May 7, 2020.