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I have to make a conscious effort to make the head nod very slowly in social situations.

The norm in the US is to do it kind of swift and hard. I want to show respect but I also want to protect my brain.

I got a concussion a few months ago from a bad impact to the head. Real dizzy and blurry vision for a long time. If i jerk my head it causes that to return, along with a headache, and i have heard and believe that jerking the head is bad for the brain even when one has not had a concussion.

Head-nod: Bow-like greeting gesture to show respect and humbleness.
 
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Like, bow head down, pause, then lift head up.
 
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I don't know anyone in the US who does that. Where did you hear this was a norm?
 
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This swift kind of the norm, based on everyone I pass on the street in Norfolk, VA, USA.

If done slow like I have been because of my brain, it is like something outside of the US, and can be awkward.
 
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I don't know anyone in the US who does that. Where did you hear this was a norm?
I don't know anyone who doesn't do the head nod lol. Usually its a way of saying "hey" to someone you don't actually want to talk to. Like passing a stranger in an empty hallway. Mostly a guy thing, not many women do it.
 
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I don't know anyone who doesn't do the head nod lol. Usually its a way of saying "hey" to someone you don't actually want to talk to. Like passing a stranger in an empty hallway. Mostly a guy thing, not many women do it.
Ok, I get what you mean. I don't see it as showing respect and humbleness though. It's just a replacement for "hey".
 
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I have to make a conscious effort to make the head nod very slowly in social situations.

The norm in the US is to do it kind of swift and hard. I want to show respect but I also want to protect my brain.

I got a concussion a few months ago from a bad impact to the head. Real dizzy and blurry vision for a long time. If i jerk my head it causes that to return, along with a headache, and i have heard and believe that jerking the head is bad for the brain even when one has not had a concussion.

Head-nod: Bow-like greeting gesture to show respect and humbleness.
Just say "hey" instead.
 
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