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Old 04-18-2009, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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People who hug without warning! I hate it when someone is glad to see me and before I could say anything, they put their arms around me and gave me a BIG hug. That means putting their arms completely around me, pulling me into them and squeezing.

Men don't do that to each other. Men shake hands and give a pat with their other hand on their friend's shoulder. Why can't women do that too? I have no problem with offering a handshake to someone I haven't seen in a while.

What's the problem with hugs? My glasses dangle on my chest from eyeglass cords when not in use. I need them but do not need to wear them all the time. TWICE, a hug crushed my glasses. I was not amused.

If I see a hug coming, I will turn my back to them and brace myself for the attack.
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Old 04-18-2009, 06:15 AM
 
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LOL.........I"m sorry but I just had an image of the glasses dangling on my face. Some knock them off and mess my hair and my cloths with a bear hug. To top it off, you can't breath.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:31 AM
 
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I've never been a huge hugger and rarely greet anyone with a hug besides my parents and brother, who I don't see too often. My two very best friends would be fine also, since we live so far away now, but other than that, I tend to avoid hugs. I don't wear glasses though! Guess I'm just not so touchy-feely! lol

I actually find handshakes somewhat annoying too...I am left handed and therefore usually hold things in my right in order to keep my left free...but people don't seem to realize this when they extend their hand for a shake. I gave up trying to juggle bags, drinks, whatever I am holding and just extend my left hand. It certainly throws people for a loop...and I get a good laugh as I explain, "Left handed shake, sorry! " I find it funny to see who is made uncomfortable by this and who just laughs along with me.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:41 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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I don’t like hugs,,, I like my own space and want to be allowed to control it. Handshaking is at times even a violation of my personal space.
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:56 AM
 
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For me, it depends on who the 'hug' is from.
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Old 04-18-2009, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Close friends and family I can see hugs. Strangers or acquantainces I usually grab their hand, as in handshake, and put other hand on their shoulder with a gentle push to stop them.
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:47 PM
 
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I personally do not like anyone invading my personal space without any warning.
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Old 04-19-2009, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Moved to town. Miss 'my' woods and critters.
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Family and very close friends (close as in familiar, not space) are ok with me. Took me a long time to learn to accept hugs. My father's family were not very demonstrative. And I grew up closer to them than others. In business situations it appears that a handshake is almost a requirement when being introduced and when completing whatever transaction is in progress.
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Old 04-19-2009, 02:24 PM
 
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I hate it when it's the awkward which way do you lean-to the left/right/help me I am confused (again), arms over shoulder? Around waist? Both? AND it messes up my hair big time (but that's not the hugger's fault, it's me-well, my stupid hair). How about a high five?
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