Hugging. It can be one of the most powerfully healing ways of connecting with someone, releasing the bonding hormone oxytocin into our systems. It can help us to feel connected, release emotions and experience love. However, if you, like me, are quite sensitive to other people’s energies, it can also pose a problem. Empathic people often take on other people’s ‘stuff’ just by being in close proximity to them.
It’s part of the reason why they can seem overwhelmed by some situations, introverted, or just overly emotional. It is particularly an issue in spiritual gatherings, where the ‘social norm’ is often to hug one another. But, to highly sensitive people, what had the potential to be a loving connection can turn into a very uncomfortable and invasive feeling, which is difficult to recover from afterwards.
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