Why are we ticklish? While the question seems relatively trivial, it has been pondered over by great psychologists, biologists and philosophers for ages.
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Why Are We Ticklish? - as part of the news and politics series by GeoBeats. Why are we ticklish? While the question seems relatively trivial, it has been pondered over by great psychologists, biologists and philosophers for ages. There are some explanations…….well sort of, no one knows for sure. One theory is that when someone else touches us in sensitive spots, maybe under the arm, on our sides or our feet, that creepy feeling that makes up laugh or sometimes cringe is the body’s defense mechanism. That strange feeling is similar to a panic or apprehensive state. Some people start laughing uncontrollably even before they are tickled, knowing that it’s coming! Charles Darwin saw it as a social connector, a way for humans to bond with each other - for example a mother and her child, siblings or friends. If you get tickled by a stranger, your reaction is likely to be that of dismay. Because extreme tickling is usually painful, it has been used as a form of torture in the past. One European method involved a goat licking someone's feet that were drenched in salt water. Japan and China had their own versions of tickling torture in ancient times. However, if you do enjoy being tickled, you can visit the CosquilleArte spa in Madrid and get a tickle massage for stress-relief. Food for thought - why can't we tickle ourselves?