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by Kathleen Keating

Download Hug Therapy epub
ISBN: 1567310680
ISBN13: 978-1567310689
Category: Self-Help
Subcategory: Relationships
Author: Kathleen Keating
Language: English
Publisher: Fine Communications (July 1, 1997)
Pages: 144 pages
ePUB size: 1950 kb
FB2 size: 1601 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 273
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While in most cases, hugs do brighten people's days, hugging is not a panacea for all challenges. Not EVERYBODY likes or wants hugs and this book can be very misleading. One size does NOT fit all. While hugging does have its proven benefits, there is also another side to this which is very rarely addressed. How sad that something that has traditionally been viewed as loving and positive has a negative side that becomes glaring when misapplied.

In some cases, hugs are viewed as restrictive and punitive. In one case, a child hid from a relative who was known to swoop down on children with raucous displays of affection. The child thought the hugger looked like an attacker and would run and hide. Many people with autism find hugs unpleasant and just another way of being forced to endure something unpleasant. Hugs can also be intrusive. Almost no attention has been given to the very real issue of people who dislike hugs and don't want them in the first place. Their rights should be honored and very few people have addressed this issue. Donna Williams does an outstanding job of discussing this in "Autism: An Inside-Out Approach." Having an aversion for hugs is not limited to the autistic population.

Some cultures encourage privacy and hugging is not the cultural "norm." There is also the very real issue of individual tastes and needs. Not all individuals find this a desirable method. I didn't like the assumption that whenever somebody turns down a hug, they will eventually cave in and appease the one wanting to give the hug. I also didn't like the bear costumes the people were drawn wearing in this book. That just reinforced the need to be covert when forcing hugs on people.
This is a very, very excellent and beneficial book. Its primary purpose is to teach people how to be more open with themselves and those around them. A hug can make any day better for anyone, and this book expresses that belief very well. Not only does this book carry a good message, but it also has the cutest illustrations. This book is good for everyone: parent, wife/husband, boyfriend/girlfriend, friend, and even for those of you in the therapy or psychology departments. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to know how to be more open and caring.