Why do we like physical touch?

In most cultures, women physically interact with other people more frequently than men. Overall, men seem to be more prone to “skin hunger”; women, on the other hand, use Non-Sexual Touching to express friendliness. But in the eyes of some men, it may become a sexual invitation…

“Recently living on the island, I met a group of warm and hospitable people. They often have some intimate physical contact with the people around them, such as shaking hands, hugging, sticking to their faces… (Maybe the local culture is like this) Some people behave They are too intimate and often give the impression of being “greasy”, but they have a good grasp of their sense of proportion, and they will not be offensive while stirring up the atmosphere.

In fact, I quite like this kind of interaction. Unlike in big cities, people are either too indifferent and maintain a complete distance and politeness; Intimate contact, but the number of times is inevitably tired…”

In fact, physical touch is not necessarily a prelude to sex, it can also be an enjoyable process, a simple way to express friendliness.

Today, let’s talk about why we like physical touch.

The answer is simple: the body is the basis for everything we perceive, and if the needs of the body are not met, how can we feel comfortable? We are flesh and blood animals (higher animals are also animals), not men of steel.

And the need for close contact and connection is a high-ranked need—even more so than sexual needs. If you don’t believe it, you can try it by living alone for a month (similar to the state during the epidemic blockade, no contact with outsiders at all). By the way, don’t keep cats during this period, then, loneliness, emptiness, depression, anxiety, irritability… These negative emotions may all come to you.

And on the other hand, once we are fully satisfied in intimate contact, we will benefit greatly: a simple hug can stimulate the brain to secrete oxytocin, help relieve anxiety, build a sense of security and trust, and produce healing Effect.

Tiffany Field of the University of Miami’s Touch Institute says more:

“When the skin is touched, it stimulates pressure sensors under the skin, which in turn send information to the vagus nerve (a group of nerves that runs throughout the body). , stress hormones like cortisol also drop.”

In a nutshell: body touch reduces stress.

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