14 Memes That May Be Painfully Relatable If You're Not a Hugger
Although hugs are often considered to be a kind and loving gesture, for some people, they are firmly off-limits.
There are a number of reasons why a person might not be a “hugger.” Maybe they have sensory sensitivities, and being embraced sends their system into overdrive. They could also have a chronic pain condition that causes allodynia, meaning even the slightest touch is excruciatingly painful. Or perhaps they’re uncomfortable with physical affection because of past trauma.
Whatever the reason, it’s important to remember that hugs aren’t for everyone – even if you have good intentions. If a friend or family member asks you to refrain from giving hugs, listen to them and respect their wishes. There are so many other ways you can show them how much you care!
And for those of you who either don’t like hugs or experience painful and uncomfortable symptoms upon being hugged, know you’re not alone. Sometimes, laughing along with others in a similar situation can be a powerful coping mechanism. So for all the non-huggers out there, the following memes are for you.