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Science confirms what the heart already knows: Hugs really do make you feel better Options
Daemon
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 5:00:00 AM
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Science confirms what the heart already knows: Hugs really do make you feel better

Feeling down in the dumps? Stressed? A little off-kilter because of some disagreement? Hug it out! A new study suggests that just reaching out and touching someone -- consensually, of course -- can reduce bad feelings associated with the typical ups ... More...
ChristopherJohnson
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 7:16:04 AM

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Our cousins: apes and monkeys, also know this.
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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2018 1:51:50 PM

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Humans crave the touch of another be it a person or an animal. The necessity of touch can mean the difference between life and death. Without physical touch, we will wither and die.

"As late as the 1920's, death rates for infants up to one year old in American foundling homes, where absolutely no body contact was provided, were nearly 100%. This "disease" was called "marasmus", literally, "wasting away". -- Dr. Ashley Montagu, TOUCHING: THE HUMAN SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SKIN 2nd ed. (Harper & Row, 1978) pp. 60, 77-78 & 120-124.

In our early years after birth, touch can mean the difference between life and death. Premature babies will often thrive when touched repeatedly and often, and as has been documented, can die if not touched at all.

However, as we grow up, we are taught to associate fear with touching; so-called "good touch/bad touch". So then, a conflict is created within each person: touching can represent both love and comfort, but also fear.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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