Professor Francis McGlone, a neuroscientist at Liverpool John Moores University and a man working in the field of affection touch, says- When we are alone, we feel that we lack something in our lives, but it Can not feel that the thing we are feeling lacking is touch. Despite knowing the truth, we do not believe that what we want is touch.
Nina Smith, 40, who lives alone in South London, says – I had a spinal injury in 2018, after which I had to stay in bed for a long time. The pain was so much that it was difficult for anyone to touch me, due to which I could not hug those who came to meet me. But after several months, as soon as I started recovering and I felt that I can go out, meet people, then only the lockdown started. How I lived that period alone and without touching anyone, I cannot tell.
Dr. Katerina Photopalu, Professor of Psychiatry Neuroscience at University College London, says. This is because we are completely dependent on the caregiver to fulfill the main needs of the body. This is why we feel touch a lot. Evolutionary psychologist Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford University says- Touch has a great effect on our psychological and physical health. When we are with family or friends, we touch each other more than we feel.
They say- In Dunbar’s research it has been found that on average we have five friends, whose touch we want and on whose shoulder we can cry. It is also surprising that during the BBC and Welcome Collection survey in 2020, 40,000 people from 112 countries used the most to describe touch, the words were relaxed, warm and loving. In which the feel of touch was clearly visible.