Did you know that the way we hug has meaning?

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Did you know that the way we hug has meaning?

Last update: 23 March, 2017

A famous quote from Edward Paul Abbey reads: “I only believe in what I can touch, kiss or hug. The rest is just smoke ”. Hugging can mean love, passion, or even hate. It is an expression that can represent different emotions.

Hugging is a very important ritual, but it doesn't always mean what we want, want or dream about. In reality, it is a gesture of non-verbal language that responds to the cultural norms of different societies. It can symbolize an oasis of intimacy, a gesture of peace or even falsehood and deception.



Different ways of embracing

Psychologists have drawn up a particular classification of hugs. In reality they are different, but today we will talk about that of Arturo Torres, considered the most complete. Would you like to know more? Then read on!

Torres talks about the influence of hugging. This gesture has the power to leave a deep and indelible mark on the body. As we said, it all depends on the intention, the person, the feelings, the emotions ... like life itself, after all. But above all, it depends on how the person receiving the hug perceives it.

Classic hugs

Let's start from the beginning. In this case, the classic hugs are at the top of the list. Two people surround each other tightly with their arms, with their heads next to each other.

In reality, it is a very intimate hug. The chest comes close to that of the other person and so does the head. Also, the hug usually lasts two or more seconds, so the ritual has a special magic. You certainly hugged someone like this before you left or when you saw them again after some time.


Dance hug

As the name suggests, these hugs are related to music. Usually the people who hug each other during the dance keep one hand on the back of the other's neck. Then, the dancers let themselves be guided by the melody in romantic and magical worlds full of love, intimacy and beauty. Not even the best singers can do it.



Visual hug

When there is eye contact with the hug, then it is special. It's simple, very intimate, the two people close. But the small space between the two bodies is reduced by a complicit and affectionate look.


Another classic kind of hug is that between colleagues. They are two people who do not have too much confidence or a special affinity. They simply pat themselves on the back for a job well done or for a very concrete reason. However, the heads don't come close and the feelings aren't that intense.

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