Let the tickling begin…National Tickling Month

Are you extremely sensitive to touch? If someone tickles you, do you laugh uncontrollable until tears come to your eyes? If you answered yes to either of these two questions, you might want to be extremely cautious during the month of July. July is National Tickling Month, so stay clear of sneaky hands and suspicious fingers.

Tickling is the sensation someone gets from anticipating getting touched; it is your bodily senses unconsciously reacting to touch. According to WiseGeek.com, there are two types of “tickle” that can be felt by humans. There is knismesis, which is felt my lightly touching the skin and then a “tickle” called gargalesis, caused by repeatedly applying pressure to “ticklish” areas. Knismesis can be self-induced because it does not rely heavily on the element of surprise in order to be effective. Gargalesis on the other hand, is hard to self inflict because it requires that the tickling be unexpected.

Tickling has been deemed as one of the highest forms of social play. Because tickling involves intimacy and cognitive interaction, tickling can become a bonding activity between two people. Take for example, the bond shared between a child and a parent when the parent tickles the child. Or the playfulness exchanged between two siblings or significant others when tickling occur.

Now that you know a little more about the kinetics of tickling and its psychological effects, take this new found information and enjoy the remaining month of July. This month, if you see someone feeling a little down, give them a tickle or two and wish them a Happy Tickling Month. For more information about tickling, visit http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-knismesis.htm.

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