Human touch: 4 reasons why it's important
As humans, we crave physical contact. The connections we make through Platonic touch were fundamental to the construction of human civilization. Unfortunately, as our society has progressed, the predominance of physical sensation has decreased.
Platonic touch is an important way to connect and communicate, so why does our culture forget about this vital form of contact?
Here are four reasons we need to become more sensitive:
1. Frequent physical contact increases a person's physical well-being.
Regular hugs can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. This effect is not only an instantaneous boost, the body actually becomes healthier in the long run. A loving Platonic touch such as a hug has also been shown to strengthen the immune system, reduce stress, and reduce anxiety.
2. Physical contact increases team dynamics, creating non-sexual intimacy.
When we touch someone appropriately — with a handshake or a Pat on the back-we send them a nonverbal message of cooperation. The consequences are not only personal, but also economic. Daniel Keltner, founding Director Of the center for Big Science and Professor of psychology at the University of California, has studied the role of touch in the context of basketball teams. His research has shown that teams whose players touch each other are more likely to win more games. Can this also be true for the accounting team at your workplace or students at school?
3. Physical touch promotes trust and security.
As humans, we are conditioned to connect with each other in a physical way. This is why many people determine someone's trustworthiness by the quality of their handshake. Ray Williams explored this in his Psychology today article entitled " Why we have lost the need for physical touch." As he explains, "neurophysiologist Edmund Ross discovered that physical touch activates the orbital front of the brain, which is associated with feelings of reward and compassion. This activates a nerve in the body that is closely linked to our response to compassion, and a simple touch can trigger the release of oxytocin, also known as the "love hormone".
4. People who experience a lot of physical contact are less aggressive.
It has been scientifically proven that children who do not experience enough loving physical contact are more likely to be violent once they reach adulthood. The Neuropsychologist James W. Prescott determined that violence in society is often associated with a lack of cultural emphasis on maternal bonding. When a child experiences a loving touch, they learn to relate to others in a healthy way. This early touch opens the way to emotional stability. The results are not only personal, but also social.
Our lack of non — sexual physical contact is a big cultural problem.