For example, if you’re with a date, some types of touches might be attributed to affection.
If you’re with a stranger, it could simply be a move to establish familiarity and trust.
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If you don’t like what they’re doing or what they’re saying, the touch that you receive might not be meant for establishing a connection.
This means that not every action means the same thing.
The same goes for interpersonal touch, another method to gauge what a person is thinking or feeling.
It could just be a way for them to get what they want, i.e., a favor, their own security, or a way to alleviate their fears. A commendation, showing sympathy, an expression of pride, or an act of comfort. A greeting, a request for intimacy, or a gesture that denotes comfort. Fear of external forces, a request to stay put, or a way to acquire security and guidance. A signal for more physical closeness, wanting to be warmer, showing sympathy, or a gesture that requires complacency from the receiver.
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[Read: 10 clearly noticeable signs of body language attraction] What is interpersonal touching? [Read: 20 unmistakable signs your friend is crushing on you] #14 Hands on neck. A plea for closeness, guidance, a need for security, solidification of a friendship or pact, and reaching out to make a connection. They are just the most basic and obvious motives for certain types of touches.