The Psychology of a Hug

You can’t go wrong with this. I have written about oxytocin and hugging before.

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Our Better Health

By Gerald Schoenewolf, Ph.D. 

Common sense tells us that a hug is good for us. Now a new study confirms just how and why hugs are so beneficial.

A study of 404 healthy adults by experimenters at Carnegie Mellon University examined the effects of hugs on the health of participants, particularly their susceptibility to developing the common cold. People who reported more hugs and greater social support were 32% less likely to come down with a cold, and the researchers interpreted that a “stress-buffering” effect of hugging explained the beneficial effect.

“Hugging protects people who are under stress from the increased risk for colds,” notes study lead author Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania. Cohen called hugging “a marker of intimacy and helps generate the feeling that others are there to help in the face of adversity.”

There is, in fact, a scientific basis…

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2 responses to “The Psychology of a Hug

  1. As with many things of this nature, I wonder if it’s the hug or the nature of the hugger that makes the difference.

    I am a hugger, have been since is sobered up. My wife, absolutely a hugger. We hug just about everybody we know in recovery. Our cycling friends haven’t entirely come around to it yet though… interesting post.

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