Touch infuses a person with a sense of security. Studies have already shown that four-month-old fetuses touch themselves in the womb.
– Fetuses of smoking mothers touch themselves more, perhaps to calm them down from the stress of bullying, says Lauri Nummenmaa.
Anxious adults do the same. The hands reach for the gust and the body is compressed.
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– Crunching yourself soothes and takes your attention elsewhere for a while. That is why, for example, the comforting arms of a mother have so much power when a child stumbles.
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Gentle ironing relieves stress and pain by releasing opiate peptide molecules when touched.
A pet can play an important role as a placeholder or extension of a social vacuum. For a child, a sleeping buddy brings security in his or her own bed, but it is not forbidden to cuddle softly, even as an adult’s discomfort.
However, Nummenmaa does not consider the lack of contact to be the most acute problem of a lonely person, because you can live without it. The brain is not damaged by lack of contact, but lack of intimacy and loneliness can be major problems.
– A strong longing for contact may be a symptom of a wider discomfort. One should think about why it has drifted so far apart that no one touches. For the human species, touch is vital – without intimacy and affection we would not increase.
Take a human test if you need touch
If the fear of touch is due to previous unpleasant experiences and yet you feel the need for more contact, do a human test.
Apply for situations where you will be touched, such as a hairdresser, masseuse or parity dance course.
For a mild area of discomfort Pushing may indicate that the touch is indeed pleasurable and you begin to seek and receive more.
Expert: Lauri Nummenmaa, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Turku.
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