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  •  and does far too little of (5+ / 0-)

    Maybe it's our Puritan background, maybe (as G2geek suggested above) the result of emotional withdrawal and fear promulgated by the Cheney-Bush crowd, but other countries do a lot more hugging and touching than we do.

    All over Central and South America, Europe, even Scandinavia, where you don't necesarily expect sunny and warm -- hugs of arms, shoulders, bodies. Touching. Human contact.



    Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Hunter S. Thompson

    by Mnemosyne on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 10:48:22 AM PST

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    •  Hugs everywhere (3+ / 0-)
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      FarWestGirl, Magnifico, vacantlook

      For all of you, fellow Kossacks:

      Watch this youtube-video. I know you've all got lots of empathy, so I can promise that you won't regret the next 3 1/2 minutes:

      Free Hugs Campaign

      ...just to remember that best things in life are always for free :-)

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      by SaveDemocracy on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 01:44:17 PM PST

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    •  Neurochemical changes it incurs should be noted. (2+ / 0-)
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      We have something called 'skin hunger', a need for casual physical contact. That contact causes the release of oxytocin, the 'bonding' hormone, and reinforces social and familial bonds. Petting, hugs, a hand on the shoulder, all promote healthy social bonding.

      I would posit that the neocon bonding is mostly based on fear and hostility, banding together against a greater enemy in the 'fight & flight' neurochemical range, whereas ours is more camaraderie, mutual support and affection, the 'feed & breed' end. I can never remember which is sympathetic and which is parasympathetic, but I think that the neocons work in one and we live in the other.

      Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. The Druid

      by FarWestGirl on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 06:30:37 PM PST

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