Here’s Why Some People Hate Being Hugged

Let’s face it, some people just hate being hugged. But the reason is has never been that clear until now. Researchers have found that people who don’t like hugs didn’t get may as children. According to Suzanne Degges-White, a professor of counseling at Northern Illinois University, “our tendency to engage in physical touch – whether hugging, a pat on the back, or linking arms with a friend – is often a product of our early childhood experiences. In a family that was not typically physically demonstrative, children may grow up and follow that same pattern with their own kids. Some children grow up and feel ‘starved’ for touch and become social huggers that can’t greet a friend without an embrace or a touch on the shoulder.” But there’s hope. For those who want to get past their dislike of hugs, Degges-White says to just go for it.