I agree Jonaj, I'm not used to the hugging thing these days. I don't hug very much at all, nor kiss and I do think it is a "new" thing to me that there is so much of the aforementioned… also think it is about as fair dinkum as a $3 bill.
I can't quite get used to all the crying on television etc. either.
Might be I was brought up to not display emotions so publicly, but then a lot of the time (re the crying) I don't know how people can become so emotional over some things, well enough to cry over anyways.
Haha. Your response made me laugh. I remember on a rare occassion I visited the supermarket without my son- a woman asked if I had a baby at home. I immediately thought I must have wet patches on my top, but no. We both laughed when I realised I was pushing my trolley back and forth to put my groceries to sleep.
Yes I do. I am not a big hugger but have noticed this recently. I even do it with my husband sometimes when we hug. I shall be aware of it even more now. I will try to notice if I like it when people do it to me. My research could take a while.
When I hug my dog I tend to just squeeze her gently.I am more likely to pat and hug if I am trying to comfort or apologise for standing on her or something, and I know her instinct is to move away.
Thinking about it, I wonder if we do it so people feel they can move away between pats. It is used like a full stop to signal the hug is over , now I think about it.