Why do people hug each other?

Patient : Why do people hug each other? Is this an emotional thing? Is it good to hug someone and rub their back?
Symptoms:  Hugging
Doctor :   Hello, Thanks for choosing "Ask The Doctor" for posting your query. Every culture has ways to express closeness and lo ve and hugging is one such expression which we humans have adopted across the cultures. It's ok to hug and rub their back if it's culturally acceptable and others are doing it. But if ever visit a less developed country where hugging each other is not so common, then it is better to avoid. So your expression depends on the local cultural acceptance. Hope I am able to answer your concerns. Wish you good health!

Related Q&A

Q: Hi, over the years I have had bouts of IBS. I have had blood tests, endoscopy and colonoscopy all clear. I had my las...

Q: I was wondering if you can help me with some (mostly neurotic) questions pertaining to some dysplastic nevi which I w...

Q: I had my first pap last week in 5 years. The pap said it was not normal results because I had no endocervical cells....

Q: My sister in law who is staying with me has displayed a few small behavioural changes over the last week or so, incr...

Q: Dear Doctor: 2 months ago, I was diagnosed with a very tiny hiatal hernia. My chiropractor found my stomach pushed...

 
DOCTOR ADVISORY BOARD
218

Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician
173

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician
138

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist
98

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon
CNN
BBC
MSNBC
CBS
abcNews
FoxNews