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The Etiquette of Hugging

Published: June 30, 2011 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

To hug or not to hug? Often the answer isn’t clear-cut.


Read my interview with life coach Lauree Ostrofosky that talks about the etiqutte of hugging, just posted on Life Goes Strong.

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  1. hugger says:

    That’s helpful.

  2. Irene says:

    Some people are more reluctant than others to share physical affection. May be related to how she was raised or her personality. However, since you know your friend isn’t comfortable being hugged, use words to express the same feelings that you might convey with a hug.
    Hugs 🙂

  3. hugger says:

    I am a huge hugger! Having said that, I’m confused by a very close friend who does not like to be hugged. When she’s feeling hurt and vulnerable, and she’s talking to me, I instinctively want to hug her…but she won’t let me. She said that it makes the pain too real. For me, a hug makes the pain better and easier to handle, knowing that a friend “shares” in my pain. For my friend, she says it makes the pain worse. While I believe that she feels that way, I find it hard to understand. Do you have any insight, Irene?

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