Touching is a nearly universal nonverbal aspect of social exchange between people.
Homewever, emotional responses to touching depend on how, when and where people are touched; moreover, there are many cultural difference in touching behavior.
In Western culture, Men and women touch people in a different way: men tend to limit themselves to ritual touching like shaking hands or clapping others on the shoulder or upper back.
Instead women touch more warmly, gently and initiate more hugging and touching that expresses support, affection, comfort.
Certain parts of our body – hands, arms and shoulders – may be touched by acquaintances and even strangers (under the right circumstances) without causing a negative response.
In contrast, your head, neck, body, legs and feet are typically taboo for touching except by people with whom you are intimate.
Even nonsexual touching – are extremely powerful; for example, being touched by a clerk in a supermaket increase the probability of trying a food sample or buying a product.
Some experiment has proved that the simple fact of touching someone’s forearm induces him/her to hand back money found in a phone box, or to give money to a person in the street.
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