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• Simple Arch
• Ulna & Radial Loops
• Double Loop Composite
• Tented Arch
• Whorl
• Peacock's Eye

Water Dematoglyphs

Ulna & Radial Loops

The difference between these loops is that the more common ulner loop is open on the little finger side and the radial loop is open towards the thumb side.

The loop pattern is the single most common pattern to be found on the fingertips, and so we can deduce that the loop pattern indicates a fairly conventional, normal type of person. They tend to be group orientated and thus they mix well with others socially. The loop gives flexibility and adaptability, hence these are people who fit in well with others and are good at dealing with other people. In fact, the loop is highly responsive to all things - new ideas, changing circumstances, the environment as well as to other people. But they tend to follow rather than to lead, to blend with the crowd rather than stand out from it; consequently there tends to be a lack of individualism here and a tendency to conform.

Mentally, loops reveal a versatile and assimilative mind. They can be imaginative and have a strong aesthetic appreciation, because they have a highly receptive and impressionable mind. However, sometimes they are too easily impressed, which can lead to gullibility and in addition, a predominance of loops reveals a mind that can lack concentration and can be easily distracted. They have a flexibility and a general all round capability, but there can be a tendency to spread themselves too thin.

Most of all, loop types need people, for they have a need to feel a sense of belonging. Having friends and a social network is important to them. Consequently they have dislike or even a fear of being alone. They feel a need to connect with other people, either socially or at work, where they function best if they can work as a team.

This is generally true of both radial loops and ulna loops, but radial loops tend to be more egocentric than ulna loop types, and hence can be a little more forceful or domineering. The radial loop tends to be more centripetal, drawing things into itself whereas the ulna loop tends to be more centrifugal and hence more able to accommodate to others. A radial loop indicates an extreme mental state of openness to others to such a great extent the bearers often lose sight of their own personalities. Radial loops create a compulsion to prioritise others needs over one's own, and an insecure, unstable, hyper-responsive personality.

It is the ulna loop type that more often has a clearer idea of itself as expression of individuality comes from within rather than from without. This can readily be seen by reference to the direction in which each of these different loop types point on the hand itself. The one, though more self-assertive, tends to internalise the external environment; the other, though more passive and receptive, tends to externalise themselves. The full ramifications of these different types of loop pattern will be considered more fully when we come to look at each of the fingerprint pattern types on each of the different fingers. Although the ulna loop is extremely common on all digits, the radial loop is only commonly found on the index finger and it is here, therefore, that this pattern has its greatest significance.

Double Loop Composite

In this pattern we have two loops going in two directions. The essential manifestation of the double loop is one of duality of thought, which most often creates inner conflict, confusion and self-mistrust. The area of life which the double loop rules, as indicated by the digit on which it is found, will reveal the area of life where the individual experiences most confusion and conflict. Everything they do here is undermined by self-doubt and questioning. They frequently have regrets and wish they had done something else other than that which they did.

The double loop pattern enables them to be able to see the value of various alternatives or the merits of both sides of an argument. However, as a result they can be incredibly indecisive as they find they are pulled equally in both directions and often cannot choose between them. Uncertainty and vacillation are a common feature of their experience, and they commonly get in a muddle. The conflict of choices can manifest as a continual battle between material and practical considerations getting the better of their more idealistic aspirations. Consequently, they can often defeat their own attempts to achieve that to which they aspire. Because their aspirations are undermined by self-doubt, defeatist attitudes can settle in and they are prone to give up too easily. Hence they are in need of continual encouragement from others to continue the pursuit of their ideals - ideally it being given without it being sought. We can't change our dermatoglyphic patterns, but we can come to terms with them and hence work with them rather than fight them or be defeated by them. Double loops need to come to terms with cyclical and dual nature of their experience. Emotionally, they tend to experience considerable highs and lows and can be subject to rather severe mood swings. Rather than being depressed by the trough side of this cycle though, it should be seen as an inevitable part of the movement of their life. Double loops certainly experience the ups and downs of life more intensely than most, but needn't fixate on the downward arms of the spiral. The danger here is a disillusionment and a disappointment which can lead to a downward spiral of depression. Encouragement should be given so they can continue despite this - a good motto for double loop types being 'Great faith, great doubt but great determination'.

More positively, the double loop gives the ability to see both sides of an issue and thus can give a diplomatic ability that makes them good negotiators or arbitrators. Double loops need to integrate the two sides of the coin they can see, rather than view them as irreconcilable opposites. The double loop pattern closely resembles the Taoist Yin-Yang symbol and it is within Taoism that we find opposites are recognised as being complementary to one another rather than being poles apart. The key therefore is to accept the cyclical nature of life's experience and to recognise that beneath duality there is a fundamental unity. There may indeed be two sides to the coin, but it wouldn't be a coin if it didn't have two sides. The key to resolving the double loop dilemma is therefore to be found in reconciling and integrating the opposites in one's experiences, to endeavour to create a balanced appreciation of the different dimensions of human experience.