Originally Posted by carenkh
For me, it's about connection. So, maybe sharing the warmth and love that exists in us? I think people - well, Americans, since that's where I live and what I know - are severely touch-deprived. Touching is a basic human need, but we're taught (most are, anyway!) that it's inappropriate to touch each other: in schools, "Keep your hands to yourselves! No touching!". At home, parents don't hug and touch their kids regularly after they're past a certain age. Or, for some, they actively seek out how NOT to touch even their very young kids: crib to bouncy seat to stroller to car seat, propping them with bottles instead of breastfeeding or holding them. So I look at hugging as a way to provide human touch to people! Even through a heavy coat, the connection is usually received.
That's true. I myself currently live a mostly touch deprived life. Until the events that I wrote in my "Love Hug" story, I had had maybe just 4-5 hugs in 6 months or so. I'd like to change that
I can learn a LOT about a person through hugging them, too - read their energy - so I like to do it, too, just as a way of getting to know someone.
Really? What can you learn from them? What different things have you learned?