Wednesday 27 March 2024

Showing Affection in Relationship | Part Three.

Physical touch is one of the most universal languages, if not at the very top. It is a sure way to our hearts. Uncultured, it can floor us. Cultured, it can be the door to the most wonderful sphere, utopia life has to offer.

Out of ignorance and fear of its potency, some cults restrict it. They refuse things like handshakes between the opposite sex, yet burn with uncontrolled passion within. The chains they impose only act as a dam. The dam can only hold so much water.

That which is supposed to save us they allow to keep us prisoners, immature, and never coming to age. We learn and subjugate the art of physical touch by doing, not thinking about it. Affection is God-given and seeks expression.

Affection is like a river. It seeks to flow from one being to another. That is the very essence of being humans - to feel and be felt, to affect and be affected by others. Physical touch is one of the key ways in which we do that.
"Without language, thought is a vague, uncharted nebula." ― Ferdinand de Saussure.
We are created to touch and be touched. It is one of the five ways our brain receives information or stimuli. Obviously, not all touches are the same. The brain interprets each one based on our paradigm and experience of life and tells us how to respond.

One of the most popular ways by which we communicate affection, through physical touch, is by hugging. That is to squeeze (someone) tightly in one's arms. This is found in virtually all human communities. It is a form of endearment.

A hug can range from a brief one-second squeeze to an extended holding. The length of a hug in any situation is socially, culturally, and emotionally determined. And, could mean different things at different times and occasions.

An unexpected hug can be regarded as an invasion of a person's personal space, but if it is reciprocated, it is an indication that it is welcome. Typically, people sense the energy (emotions) in the atmosphere before initiating a hug.

 The Saint.


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