Why other’s Touch is more sensitive than self-touch - Our Brain

We hug others when we are excited, happy, sad, or trying to comfort. Hugging, it seems, is universally comforting. It makes us feel sensible and excited. It turns out that hugging is proven to make us healthier, happier and full of enjoying. 

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Brain - Research - Nervous system:

We do not surprise about our concept of "self" all the time, but the ability to distinguish between self and others is extremely important. Throughout the first period of life, new-born children develop an understanding of where their own body ends principally through being touched by those who care for them. Problems with the self-concept, such as the ability to recognize one's own actions, are common in many psychiatric disorders. If we talk about ourselves then, most of us can’t tickle themselves, but some patients with schizophrenia can, suggesting that their brain interprets sensory perceptions from their own body differently. 
Now if we talk about ourselves and our brain then, our brains seem to reduce sensory perception from an area of our skin after we touch it ourselves, according to a new study from Linkoping University published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PNAS. 

Touching has become taboo(prohibition) in the American school system. Elementary and high school teachers have been warned that not to touch children because of potential litigation stemming from accusations of sexual abuse. There also may be less touching(on sensible body parts) among the students themselves. The finding increases our understanding of how the brain distinguishes between being touched by another person and self-touches. 

Hugs reduce stress by showing your support

When a friend or family member or close friend is dealing with something painful or unpleasant in their lives, give them a hug or come close and say don’t worry dear. 

Scientists say that giving another person support through touch or hug can reduce the stress of the person being comforted. It can even reduce or overcome the stress of the person doing the comforting. 

In addition, In one study of twenty heterosexual couples, men were given unpleasant electric shocks. during the shocks, each lady held the arm of her partner like a hug. 

Hugs help you communicate with others

Most human communication occurs verbally or through facial expressions or body language. but touch and especially the perfect body part touch is another important way that people can send messages to one another for communication. 

Scientists have found that a stranger or unknown person was capable of expressing a wide range of emotions to another person by touching different parts of their body or by a hug. There are many emotions; some emotions expressed include anger, fear, disgust, love, gratitude, happiness, sadness, and sympathy. Hugging is a very comforting and communicative type of touch for the relaxations. 

According to scientists, the benefits of hugging or touching go beyond that warm feeling you get when you hold someone in your arms. 

Research suggests or advice that touch deprivation in early development and again in adolescence may contribute to violence in adults or in a child. Prescott (1990) found that cultures or behaviors in which there was more physical affection toward young children had lower rates of adult physical violence and vice versa. 

Further, the amount of touching (more than one touching) that occurs in different cultures is highly variable. Jourard (1966) studied touching behavior in many countries and many places; couples were observed sitting in cafes for 30-minute periods, and the amount of touching (number of time touching) between them was recorded. Among the highest touch (topmost touching) cultures were France (110 times per 30 minutes), whereas the U.S. was among the one of the lowest (2 times per 30 minutes). Interestingly, high touch cultures (who have not problem on any kind of touch) have relatively low rates of violence, and low-touch cultures have extremely high rates of youth and adult violence all over the world. 

Researchers analyzed that genetic changes in those who fell in love or physical attracted a person and discovered that when Cupid’s arrow struck, women weren't only affected psychologically but physically too, through palpitations and obsessive thinking.

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