You are nervous? Write people (人) on your hand and swallow!

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Have you ever seen in an anime or drama someone speak to a nervous and anxious person to write in their hands the kanji of people (人) and then speak to eat them? In Japan, nervous children are taught to do this. In this article, we will understand the story behind this belief to swallow people in hand.

In Japan, students nervous because of a presentation, are advised by friends to draw the kanji of people (人) 3 times on their palm. The drawing can be done mentally, people should pretend to be swallowing or eating a drawing in their hand.

Just pass your finger forming a kanji of (人) three times and then place your hand in front of your mouth. This belief is used to relieve anxiety and nervousness. By doing this you are implying that the people drawn on your hand are the cause of your nervousness. By eating them you make them appear irrelevant and unworthy of your anxiety.

Anime like Shokugeki no Souma shows Tadokoro nervous doing the same thing:

You are nervous? Write people (人) on your hand and swallow!

Why write people and eat them?

The name of this popular belief is hito wo nomu (人を飲む) that translated is swallow people, but metaphorically means dominate someone. This movement is used to oppress the audience and calm down. It is like swallowing before being swallowed by nervousness and shyness. Perfect for those who are afraid of the stage and social anxiety disorder (grabbed 筍/竹の子

It is not known how this superstition. It was probably a mother who told her son to do this before a school presentation. Until it finally became common for parents, teachers and colleagues to teach students who are very nervous about some speech, lecture or talent show at school.

Although kanji (人) is used both in the singular and plural form, writing 3 times refers to a large crowd that is making you nervous. This is strange, since only 2 kanji in a row (人 々) already means people or everyone. If you are embarrassed or anxious by just one person, just write once.

You are nervous? Write people (人) on your hand and swallow!

Does swallowing the hand really work?

Does this attitude really help? It can help, since there are connections in our hands that can control our feelings and anxiety. In addition, this attitude also works our mind in order to gain confidence and determination. A tension caused by fear can easily end with this technique, if you believe it!

This is what we call the Placebo effect. Several people were calm before introductions using this method, which is why it became popular with young people in Japan. Some also claim that the 2 biggest lines in our hands come together, thus automatically forming the hito kanji (人).

Westerners have something similar, when they say “Imagine your audience naked! ” for someone who is nervous. In Japan they also suggest imagining the public, but like pumpkins or potatoes.

The Japanese also have other methods of ending stress. See the articles we recommend below:

Have you seen this scene in any anime? What do you think of the subject? We appreciate comments and shares.

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