With the exception of religious practices and some cultures' greetings and farewells - the holding of hands together in a prayer-like manner (most commonly when speaking) is termed a "Pseudo-Prayer". This body language is an example hyper-alpha nonverbal signal. The beta personality simply doesn't display it. As with all alpha (or hyper-alpha) signals, those who use it - will often over-use it (indeed this occurs the majority of the time). The pseudo-prayer projects strong feelings of arrogance, condescending emotional tones and patronizing attitudes.
Shown above in the pseudo-prayer configuration is FIFA President, Sepp Blatter - who is running for re-election amid corruption and scandal against challenger and Jordanian Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein.
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