The hand steeple happens by propping up the fingers of one hand, with the finger of the other hand, to form a bridge. In this posture fingers are not interlocked and the palms do not touch. The word steepling comes from their similarity to the pointed roof of a church steeple. The steepler is someone that is confident, sometime overconfident, genuine, authoritative, and particularly evaluative of others around him. Superiors will also be seen using this gesture in meetings. The higher the steeple is held, the greater the arrogance it depicts. The low steeple is more often used by women and when someone is listening rather than speaking.
In extreme forms, the person carrying the gesture can be seen “looking right through their hands” – between the triangle formed by the pent up fingers and the thumbs. A more subtle version happens by hiding the steeple from view under the table indicating a covert opinion. Hidden steepling refers to hidden confidence or a desire to limit arrogance in attempt to appear more open and accepting.