Skin Hunger: (n) The experience and expression of negative emotions and behaviors that result from a lack of touch.
Much like the body needs water and food to survive, the need for touch is very real and important. It is said that in order to survive, human beings need at least 4 hugs/acts of touch a day. For optimal care, it is suggested that those hugs/acts of touch should last no less than 5 minutes. This time allows for the body to create a sense of relaxation, connection and healing. While 4 hugs/acts (20 minutes) of touch are needed for survival, 8 hugs/acts (40 minutes) per day are required for optimal maintenance and 12 daily hugs/acts (6o minutes) are needed for the person to grow and thrive. This means, that even if people are getting some touch they may not be getting enough touch to prevent the negative impacts of Skin Hunger.
The impacts of untreated Skin Hunger include (and yet are not limited to): depression, anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, antisocial behaviors, inappropriate “touch-seeking” behaviors, physical violence, anger, stress and increased risk of suicidal thoughts and tendencies. These issues have a particularly devastating impact on those who do not have the financial, educational or medical support to seek proper treatment.
The main concern facing people’s ability to address Skin Hunger is that while people recognize and treat the presenting issue, they don’t realize that what people are experiencing could very well be the symptoms of Skin Hunger. If we keep ignoring Skin Hunger as a major contributing factor, people will not be aware that the potential source for healing could literally be in the palm their hands. If people knew more about this issue, if they knew that they were not alone and if society could bring a powerful amount of awareness and education to this topic, lives could literally be saved.
The mission of "The Skin Hunger Project" is to bring awareness, acceptance and advocacy to the issue of Skin Hunger. Our goal is to support and promote the collaboration of Participants and Practitioners, Educators, Scientists and Social Media outlets in their efforts to powerfully address Skin Hunger.
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