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  • By: Mary H. Burleson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Human beings cannot thrive without touching one another. This may seem an extreme statement, but ample evidence supports the notion that pleasing (i.e., hedonically positive) physical contact is vital for both mental and physical health, particularly during infancy and childhood. Touching ...

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