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5 Usual Things That Drive Touch-Phobic People Crazy

Date June 3, 2019

Is it possible to live in this world and avoid all human contact? The answer is yes, but with one clarification – it is physical contact with strangers and not very close people that many avoid. As you can imagine, they often find themselves in rather uncomfortable situations that are completely usual for others.

What causes some people’s fear of being touched?

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Life is not easy for those who want to avoid the embraces of relatives they meet for the first time in their lives; or being peck kissed on the cheek by other girls at school; or a choking hug from an old friend. What else do they find repulsive?

1. Going by public transport in hot weather, when passengers literally “stick” to one another.

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2. Massages of any kind, because there will be body contact

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3. Hugs and even pats on the shoulder or back in a new company

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4. Being in the same pool with other people

5. Begin asked to hold someone else's child

Such aversion to other people's touch is actually classified as a phobia, which can affect both adults and children. This may be preceded by a traumatic situation in childhood or psychological trauma already in adulthood.

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For such people, the only acceptable form of physical contact with strangers may be a handshake, but not a hug. If you suffer from a similar phobia, find a polite way to explain this to your close ones to avoid discomfort at every meeting. They should understand.


The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.