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Do you hold your thumb in your fist?
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16 Jun 2011, 7:18 am

I just read about infants holding their thumb in their fist, and how they stop doing this by 7 months: Article

Apparently, holding your thumb in your fist at a later age is associated with language delay.

I don't know when I started talking, but I still hold my thumb in my fist as an adult! Usually when I'm walking or watching something. Does anybody else do this?

If you're not sure what I mean, there's an image here (from the article I linked to above): Image



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16 Jun 2011, 8:25 am

Yes, but it's hard to believe this really an unusual thing to do.



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16 Jun 2011, 8:56 am

Jediscraps wrote:
Yes, but it's hard to believe this really an unusual thing to do.


It is if you want to punch someone. A broken thumb would break the habit I think.



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16 Jun 2011, 11:02 am

I don't know how much of a language delay I had, but I do know my mother said I "didn't talk". I also held my thumb in my fist until well after high school.


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16 Jun 2011, 10:09 pm

I do this, and I did have a language delay as well.



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16 Jun 2011, 10:23 pm

My dad does it and I do it too.. But I don't recall having a language delay...



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17 Jun 2011, 1:32 am

I do that sometimes, though as far as I know I didn't have a language delay.

I use to do it a lot, but several years of martial arts training will break you of that. Holding your thumb to the inside is a sure fire way to break it if you punch something.


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17 Jun 2011, 1:37 am

I did this until, uhm... 10-12 or so?



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17 Jun 2011, 2:19 am

I hold my thumb in my fist. Only sometimes but still. I don't think my language was delayed but I'm not sure since I don't remember if my mom even said when I started talking.



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17 Jun 2011, 7:11 am

I recall that when I was . . . maybe 8? 9? . . . something like that, anyway - my dad, realizing that kids get in fights from time to time, decided it was time to teach me how to fight. Teaching me how to make a fist was quite frustrating for him, because I "naturally" made my fist with the thumb inside. It took a lot of practice before making one correctly was something I did without having to stop and think about it.

Connecting this little story to the topic, I don't know if I had a language delay or not. I did have to see a speech therapist in first and second grades, but I don't know why I was seeing her - it could have been as simple as, maybe, I had a lisp or something.



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17 Jun 2011, 7:18 am

No, it would feel really unnatural for me to hold my thumb in my fist. I was a precocious speaker.



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17 Jun 2011, 8:00 am

This is interesting I think. I looked up a few sites on tif in infants, apparently it is normal in newborns but is supposed to go away fairly soon. I was trying to find out what it means when it continues into adulthood. I think I stopped when I started taking antidepressants and I was 35 then. My brother is a neonatologist, I'll ask him.


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17 Jun 2011, 5:36 pm

Aimless wrote:
This is interesting I think. I looked up a few sites on tif in infants, apparently it is normal in newborns but is supposed to go away fairly soon. I was trying to find out what it means when it continues into adulthood. I think I stopped when I started taking antidepressants and I was 35 then. My brother is a neonatologist, I'll ask him.


OMG!! ! Really? 8O :S I have a natural tendency to put my thumb in my fist when I am making a fist... Both my dad and I do it.... but I don't see anything wrong with him...



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17 Jun 2011, 7:34 pm

I do it to this day and i was an early talker.


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17 Jun 2011, 7:51 pm

I believe I've always put my thumbs on top of my fists. Seemed to fit better for me. I always have had large thumbs (inherited them from my Dad). :)


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