We all know that different personality types express themselves in different ways. Confident people may strut their way through life, while introverts may walk briskly with their heads down.
But what does it reveal about two people when their personalities are forced to physically collide — in a hug?
Because hugs and physical contact are so important to who we are as human beings, and because we are all so drastically different, it comes as no surprise that there are actually so many different types of hugs. So it makes total sense that each type of hug can reveal a lot about the relationship between the two huggers.
This exclusive look at hugs is extremely revealing. In fact, when I started paying attention to how I was hugging others, I was shocked by how accurate this was!
Scroll through below to see what your hugs reveal about your relationships.
The Back Stroke
This position is not about romance or even closeness. It is more about kinship — the kind of relationship that is exactly fine staying where it is. “This is how men hug their buddies; it’s not romantic at all,” says Dr. Christopher Blazina, author of The Secret Lives of Men. “When a guy frequently embraces you like this, it means the relationship’s not growing.”
The Slow Dance
The Reach Around
The Reach Around is about two people who are truly partners in crime. One person puts a single arm around the other’s shoulder for a kind of half-hug.
This hug is all about two people that are better off attached at the hip than attached romantically. Doe Zantamata inspirationally writes, “Good friends help you to find important things when you have lost them…your smile, your hope, and your courage.”
When you use The Reach Around with a close friend, you are momentarily connecting yourselves together physically as tightly as you are connected emotionally.
This position is about deep commitment and not wanting to be apart. Author Caroll Bryant writes, “Love should feel like a hand sewn quilt made by grandma, wrapping you up on a cold winter morning.”
By wrapping each other up in this way, you fear that letting the other person out of your embrace will somehow mean they will leave. You’d much rather stay with them right where you are.
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