For all of you who have accidentally kissed/headbutted someone when trying to say a civilized ‘hello’…
Awkward greetings: the intercultural social dance
By SARAH MELAMED
For me, a greeting can be an unsynchronized mess; stepping on toes, bumping heads, uncoordinated handshakes. Nothing is more embarrassing than trying to high-fivea kisser or going in for a hug when touching is not permitted.
Some people seem to have an innate understanding of body language, or quickly pick up cultural cues. Not me.
As a child living in New York, I was exposed to and learned to appreciate diversity but it also left me confused. Not only were we out of sync with some of the cultural norms of our neighborhood, roles were reversed.