we've all heard about the experiment in the 50's (?) where they had orphans and some were held and some weren't and the ones that got no physical touch died... yeah?
well obviously we humans have a need to have physical contact with one another, even as adults there is the affirmation that others are physically aware of our existence... perhaps? anyway, i was thinking today how I am definitely a person willing to touch, by that I mean I'm fine with giving a handshake, or a pat on the back or shoulder. not in a demeaning way, just supportively casual while greeting or saying goodbye etc...And one weird thing about me is I have this thing about consciously touching a really skinny or fat guy. my whole theory behind that is that maybe other people are less likely to touch them because they are skinny or fat( or maybe I've caught myself feeling that way), and so I think doing so sort of gives them a little love just as a person. It may not be true that we are so biased in who we share a general social touch with , but I think i developed the theory somewhere in life when it seemed like when i was getting in shape people were touching me more on the arm or shoulder... maybe I imagined it but that's where I based my theory. Although I also remember being really skinny in highschool and going into college and I'd be self conscious that someone would touch my shoulder and feel my bones sticking out. ha I know I really had a thing about it.