Being Ticklish

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  1. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I'm just a bit ticklish, and by "a bit", I mean a lot. And when I say "ticklish", I mean that the wind grazing my waist would make me laugh.

    Its getting pretty annoying. I have friends who just found out that I'm ticklish, and one of them in particular........well, she sneaks in a few surprise tickles now and then. Now while I hate it, I still think it's pretty funny when they do it. Its just the ridiculousness (?) of it all. I'm a grown man, 24 years of age and all, and yet I'm ticklish like no other. I'm not necessarily afraid of touch.....it depends on how you're doing it. Its like my body can read your intent. Purposely tickle me, and I'll laugh. Touch me for other reasons (*starts porn music*), and its allllll good, baby. :cool:

    Why are some people ticklish? What does it imply, behaviour-wise? I've been ticklish since I was young, and I want to get out of it. Is the only way to become un-ticklish to get touched by as many people as possible? Do I have to get tickle tortured until it doesn't affect me anymore? :confused:
     
  2. revenuee macrumors 68020

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    . . . right ...

    just kidding buddy

    umm i found that being ticklish has become something that i can control -- you can't tickle yourself because when you do it your brain sets of a message to your nerves to expect it (FIRST YEAR PHSYCE CLASS) -- well when you GET tickled you don't expect it thats why you go crazy --


    convince yourself that you are doing it to yourself when someone else tickles you, through that power of personal suggestion you should be able to do it ... good luck
     
  3. Archaeopteryx macrumors regular

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    I am VERY tickleish around my arm pits.. Its so bad that even some one sort of grasing me gets me to jump a few feet in the air and swing my hands around wildly!
     
  4. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    when i was younger i was tickleish, but i figured out the trick, as someone else said, its all in your head, if you just dont let it affect you, then it wont, thats all there is to it, people try and tickle me, but i t just doesnt work simply because it no longer bothers me at all
     
  5. acceber macrumors regular

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    I've tried that. I am quite ticklish as well (although not so ticklish to laugh when the wind grazes against me) and I used to get tickled all the time in primary school. I thought really hard about trying to ignore it when somebody tickled me but it just doesn't seem to work. But then, I am not known for being a person good at concentrating... :p
     
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    My wife is ticklish and hates it. She even thinks tickling children is evil.
     
  7. dotnina macrumors 6502a

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    Abstract, your original post is hilarious. :D

    I'm ticklish too, but I can keep a (mostly) straight face about it. When the tickler sees I'm not amused, all tickling stops, and then I run away giggling. :D
     
  8. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I'm not very ticklish. You can wiggle a feather on my foot, neck, side, etc. and it won't bother me. I believe that people can't tickle themselves for the reason revenuee explains. But... if I run my fingernail on the bottom of my foot, I can't help but jump, even though it doesn't really hurt. Is that being ticklish? If so, you can tickle yourself. If not, what is it?
     
  9. Koodauw macrumors 68040

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    Its a good thing.

    When girls find out, they can't keep their hands off of you! Well I mean that happens normally... erm.. I mean... G2G.
     
  10. russed macrumors 68000

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    i hate it most of the time. i am tickelish almost everywhere and its a pain. my gf can be cuddling me and i will burst out in laughter!
     
  11. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I can remember being slightly ticklish when I was younger. When it was found that someone was ticklish is encouraged others to just tickle them more. It is fun for a while, but then it causes them discomfort.

    According to this study you are normal Doctor Q. It is the normal response of the body to a stimulus.

    http://bphc.hrsa.gov/nhdp/Plantar_Sensory_Testing_PT.htm
     
  12. Wyvernspirit macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a little ticklish, not saying where.

    When I tickle my fiance, she gets all giggly then pissed off. She hates it after about a minute and gets all mad. :mad:
     
  13. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    I am supremely ticklish, particularly across my midsection. I do not like being that way. My wife hates it even worse -- merely reaching out to touch me gently will often result in me jumping out of my seat. It's irritating and embarrassing when a doctor is checking me out.

    Did I mention that my wife hates that fact that I'm ticklish?

    Anyway, I don't think there's a cure. Not an easy one, anyway. I think it's a combination of having a higher degree of sensitivity in your body (I feel pain more acutely than a lot of people, too) and of course psychological conditioning. I doubt I can change my sensitivity level. And changing my psychological conditioning seems equally impossible because the negative reaction happens too quickly for me to pause and calmly remind myself that being touched is not the same as being attacked. Recoiling is pure instinct at this point.

    I tickle my kids. They laugh and enjoy it. It's a good way to get them to crack a smile when they're trying to pout. I know it's hypocritical because I won't really let them tickle me (and the older they get, the more they try), but I don't smile and laugh when it happens to me. That's the difference.
     
  14. Abstract thread starter macrumors Penryn

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    Yep, you sound like my equal all right. Being at the doctor is a real pain in the ass. Seriously, when the doctor checks me with a stethoscope, it's hell for both of us. :eek: Tell that to the poor doctor I once kicked....

    And its funny because if someone has been tickling me around my neck, I jump if I know that the same person has put a hand on my shoulders or something. However, if its just a friend and we're out and he/she puts a hand around my neck, it's cool. Maybe its because I've been drinking or something and it decreases sensitivity, but it may be something else.
     
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    Do the words "tickle" and "ticklish" derive from the same root as "tic", meaning a sudden involuntary twitch?
     
  16. jsalzer macrumors 6502a

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    More than expectation?

    Overlooking Psych 101 for a moment, is there anyone besides me who thinks you can't tickle yourself because of more than simply "expecting" it?

    My ex (who was also my first romantic interest) spent many, many hours working on "desensitizing" me. I'd literally sit on the floor in front of him and let him touch my neck (resume porn music (and sometimes lower)). Anywho - after about a month of this, he could never tickle me on the neck again. And his hands were the only hands I can say that about.

    I think our skin is more sensitive than we're giving it credit for and can memorize "foreign" skin versus our own or another that we've become desensitized to. Kind of like accepting or rejecting a donor organ mixed in with a dog's sense of smell. ;)
     
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    I'm not so sure it has anything to do with who's hands it is. If you can see who's doing it, that may make a difference, but if you were at a party with lots of people you knew and some you didn't know, and you just so happened to get tickled, I think you'd still react if your husband was the one who did it. That's why I think it depends on how you're touched and under what situation.

    Not to sound like a complete dog, but I've been drunk at a club and just last month or so, I was making out with this girl on the dancefloor and she kissed my neck and I didn't feel ticklish at all. I'm not saying I didn't feel anything. I did. I was still sensitive (although less so when I was drunk ;) ), but I didn't have the urge to laugh.
     
  18. Wes macrumors 68020

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    I'm not ticklish at all but the hiccups and laughing thing happens to me too. It can be really annoying after hiccuping for five minutes or more.
     
  19. Mord macrumors G4

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    if you think your bad i'm worse, if someone totches me on my neck my head champs down and i go is a fit of madness, if i get hic ups they can last for hours, i'm not at all tickleish on on feet but i am on my tummy and my armpits.

    i dont mind when girls tickle me :eek: most the time but sometimes it's annoying,
     

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