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Do Tell: Do You Go in For the Hug or the Handshake?

A good friend told me about an awkward encounter she had the other day when being introduced to a friend of a friend. Upon their introduction, my friend stuck out her hand for a friendly shake while the stranger went in for an even friendlier hug! She ended up jabbing her hand into the other girl’s abdomen, while simultaneously giving her a side hug. Not only was she embarrassed, but she also couldn’t understand why a girl she didn’t even know would need to hug her on the first meet.

I know the importance of a first introduction, and I've had my fair share of awkward encounters, but I rarely go in for the hug. So ladies, when it comes to introductions, do tell, do you go in for the hug or stick with the safe shake?


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