The Joy of Tickling

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    Sep 07, 2016 12:47 AM GMT

    NYT: Unpredictability is the key element of tickling, which is why you cannot tickle yourself.

    The evolutionary purpose of tickling, according to Davila-Ross, is to promote bonding within a social group — between playmates, say, or parents and offspring. “Do not try to tickle a stranger,” she says. More intimate relationships yield more successful tickling sessions. Scientists divide tickling into two types: knismesis, a light, feather-type touch across the skin that can induce a shiver or twitch, and gargalesis, a repeated probing of sensitive areas like ribs, bellies, necks and the undersides of feet. If you’re trying to elicit uncontrolled laughter, go for gargalesis.
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    Sep 08, 2016 4:54 AM GMT
    sorry, my bad, but i am just not sensitive to being tickled. Just dosnt work. I appreciate a lite "feather-type touch across the skin" but it feels calming relaxing like drinking a glass of wine.
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    Sep 08, 2016 5:59 AM GMT
    A new documentary came out its called might want to watch it