Professional Cuddlers Wanted: Why Touch Matters

Professional Cuddlers Wanted:
Why Touch Matters

Show Notes

U Can’t Touch This podcast, but you can hear in this episode the reasons why touch matters. The loss of physical touch has increased our feelings of loneliness. For some people who are living by themselves, it’s been months since they’ve had physical contact with another person. A year ago, we hugged and we touched without thinking about what we were doing. Every physical action we take now is planned and deliberate. The way we say hello or goodbye has changed.
 
That need to connect through touch is more important to some people than others. But even when we can’t connect through physical touch, there are other ways to stay connected. Hear in this episode what touch means to a professional cuddler, someone who has haphephobia, an expert on touch, and a Thai monk, and the lessons we can learn.

Major Sources Include:
1. Professor Tiffany Field, interviewed June 29, 2020
2. Marylen Reid, interviewed August 16, 2020
3. Mikeal Burgin and Jessica Burgin, interviewed August 22, 2020
4.
Venerable Dhammananda, interviewed August 25, 2020
5. Tactile communication, cooperation, and performance: an ethological study of the NBA 
6. Tablets, Touchscreens, and Touchpads: How Varying Touch Interfaces Trigger Psychological Ownership and Endowment 
7. The Royal Touch in Early Modern England: Politics, Medicine and Sin
8. The Midas Touch: The Effects of Interpersonal Touch on Restaurant Tipping 
9. Touch by Tiffany Field

Series Credits:
Host and Writer: Peg Fong

Director: Callie O’Reilly
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre and Ari Posner
Engineer: Geoff Devine
Producers: Debbie O’Reilly and Guillermo Serrano
Executive Producer: Terry O’Reilly

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Network and powered by Acast.

Show Notes

U Can’t Touch This podcast, but you can hear in this episode the reasons why touch matters. The loss of physical touch has increased our feelings of loneliness. For some people who are living by themselves, it’s been months since they’ve had physical contact with another person. A year ago, we hugged and we touched without thinking about what we were doing. Every physical action we take now is planned and deliberate. The way we say hello or goodbye has changed.
 
That need to connect through touch is more important to some people than others. But even when we can’t connect through physical touch, there are other ways to stay connected. Hear in this episode what touch means to a professional cuddler, someone who has haphephobia, an expert on touch, and a Thai monk, and the lessons we can learn.

Major Sources Include:
1. Professor Tiffany Field, interviewed June 29, 2020
2. Marylen Reid, interviewed August 16, 2020
3. Mikeal Burgin and Jessica Burgin, interviewed August 22, 2020
4.
Venerable Dhammananda, interviewed August 25, 2020
5. Tactile communication, cooperation, and performance: an ethological study of the NBA 
6. Tablets, Touchscreens, and Touchpads: How Varying Touch Interfaces Trigger Psychological Ownership and Endowment 
7. The Royal Touch in Early Modern England: Politics, Medicine and Sin
8. The Midas Touch: The Effects of Interpersonal Touch on Restaurant Tipping 
9. Touch by Tiffany Field

Series Credits:
Host and Writer: Peg Fong

Director: Callie O’Reilly
Theme music: Ian Lefeuvre and Ari Posner
Engineer: Geoff Devine
Producers: Debbie O’Reilly and Guillermo Serrano
Executive Producer: Terry O’Reilly

This show is brought to you by the Apostrophe Podcast Network and powered by Acast.

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