Pointing one’s finger (not that finger) at someone is dangerous business. It personally drives me crazy. Talk about nonverbal communication! The message communicated in pointing your index finger at someone : “listen to me, I know better and pay attention.” It is a parental position and puts the listener in the role of
In the past, it has immediately raised my blood pressure and my defenses and the rest is history. But, I have grown wise. I take the person’s index finger and grab it in my hand and give it a squeeze. That usually does the trick (at least, it works with my mother).
If not, consider asking the person to turn their hand in the opposite direction so they are pointing to themselves.
Get the point.