As an Autistic person I can find hugs to be a bit overwhelming sometimes. Sometimes I can manage it, but it’s usually only with people I know.
Hugs can bother me because I have sensory issues. The sensation of being squeezed can be too much information for my brain to process and I stiffen up. I especially do not like out of the blue hugs because they overwhelm me.
I don’t hug a lot. I just don’t show affection by hugging. I like to show affection verbally, by writing, or by giving gifts. Another thing is that I don’t like hugs from people I don’t know.
Hugs from people I do not know feels weird and can be overwhelming. I usually end up backing away to show that I don’t want to be hugged. I am working on being able to tolerate hugs better. I do appreciate it when people ask permission before hugging me, this gives me time to prepare mentally before receiving a hug.
maybe someday I will be able to hug somebody or have somebody hug me without feeling overwhelmed or anxious. 🙂
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