Otherwise known as hugs. Or even worse prolonged hugs.
Almost everyone I know is in love with this activity. They say to me:
“It’s a great way to display love.”
“It’s a way of showing you care.”
“It’s a way of connecting with a person.”
“It is a way of comforting people.”
Hugs just make me uncomfortable. I find issue with being in that much contact with a person.
This is a particular issue when in a situation that includes re-meeting people, saying goodbye to people, and expressing excess emotion.
I do kind of wish I was better with the whole “come here and give me a nice big hug” thing, but then again it’s just not who I am.
Many a time I have been asked why I don’t like hugs or in fact most prolonged physical contact.
I have set out to answer this (and maybe this is true for more people than just me).