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The Way You Hug Reveals Your Relationships With Others

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The Way You Hug Reveals Your Relationships With Others

We all know that the way we physically express and act can show our underlying psychological responses. Our body language is now one of the most analyzed facets of our daily behaviour — in everything from dates to interviews to office meetings. One thing that hasn’t been extensively covered so far, however, is the humble hug.

The talented folks at LittleThings.com have looked into the role that hugs and physical interaction can play in highlighting the true nature of relationships, and have even knocked up some gorgeous graphics to help outline their points.

Everything from the reassuring “Back Stroke,” the domineering “Rag Doll,” and the warm and friendly “The Pat” is covered, so take a look at some of the graphics below and what they might mean.

The Protector

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    This style of hugging is all about trust — the other person in the hug trusts you implicitly and is happy relying upon you.

    The Tap

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      The Tap hug is all about friendship and camraderie, without a hint of romantic feelings or sexual intimacy.

      The Rag Doll

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        The Rag Doll style of hugging signifies a one-sided relationship — one person domineers while the other is forced to receive the hug with no reciprocation.

        So, how do you hug? And what do you think it says about your relationships with the people in your life? Take a look at the other styles of hugging over at LittleThings.com. Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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