GTFO: Tickle Porn

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Did my title throw you off? Good.  You read it correctly: tickle porn.  Apparently, this is gets some folks off these days.  Contrary to popular belief, humor and tickling ARE NOT related.  Tickle attacks are the most benign form of human conflict;  It is considered to be a form of social bonding and building relationships. Parents tickle their kids all the time, and it is common play among friends and lovers.

 

So why are we ticklish?  Under your skin there are millions of tiny nerve endings that connect to nerve fibers that alert the brain to all manners of touch, heat and cold, pressure, etc – when these nerve endings are slightly stimulated they send a message through your nervous system to your brain.  For Starters, there are two types of tickling [source]:

 

1) Knismesis – which is a light, feathery tickle that can be triggered by crawling insects and parasites prompting scratching and rubbing.

 

2) Gargalesis – harder, laughter-inducing tickling and involves repeated application of high pressure in sensitive areas.

 

Why do we laugh?   We laugh because we’re showing our submission to an aggressor and by doing so we’re diffusing the situation.  New research has indicated that we laugh not because it’s funny but because the part of our brain that initiates tickling laughter is also the part of our brain that anticipates pain, which is why sometimes people lash out at the tickler.

 

The Spots: Ticklish spots are universal and the most ticklish spots are the ones most vulnerable to injury.  Specifically, the soles of the feet, neck, underarms as well as, your waist, genital areas, ear openings, and breasts.  The soles of your feet have a high concentration of meissner’s corpuscles which are just highly sensitive nerve receptors located at the skins surface. The underarms contain axillary vein and artery which has direct access to the heart.  The neck houses the most important arteries in the human body: the carotids (supplies blood to the brain) and the trachea (which brings air into lungs).

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Another point: even now some forms of tickling can be considered a form of physical abuse. So tickle others with Caution! Disappointed and want to tickle yourself? Maybe you need to giggle? Well, it won’t work! We can’t tickle ourselves because you can’t surprise yourself.   Your cerebellum can predict the sensation your hand will produce and suppress the response since none is required.  No funny business! As we age, we get tickled less probably due to less opportunity and possibly decreased sensitivity.  Which is what’s happening to me since I don’t experience it the same way I used to.  Further validation that I am in fact older than my biological age.   As if the grey hairs slowly making an appearance on my head demanding attention weren’t enough.

 

On a side note, as bloggers it’s always nice when someone reaches out and validates your presence in this sphere. That you do have the capacity to enrich the life of another via this medium.  Sue from Femkebab is on a mission via her blog to “lovingly challenge women to (1) examine our values and beliefs in order to free ourselves from those that hold us back,  (2) value our feminine wisdom and see our own greatness, and (3) think and act from our own place of wisdom instead of reflecting what society dictates.” As a newbie blogger myself, it’s always nice to send a shout-out to someone who’s just getting in the game.  So let’s all do the same and welcome her to the community of awesomeness!

Sources: 1, 2, 3

Do you enjoy being tickled? Ever lashed out at someone or do you get the boisterous giggles?

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36 Comments
  • Jennifer Barbour
    April 4, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Fascinating, as per usual. I’m not one who likes to be tickled, especially on the feet. I will kick you in the face. Just saying.

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    • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
      April 4, 2014 at 2:00 AM

      Thank you, thank you Jennifer 🙂 LoL I would love to see someone getting kicked in the face because someone tried to tickle them. YouTube time.. Have a great one!! -Iva

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  • Erika
    April 4, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Oooh, this was so interesting to read! Fascinating! I had heard that tickling was once a form of torture, but the other stuff is pretty new. I feel like mostly like tickling — or being tickled — but it totally makes sense why I can get angry about it, too! It does make you feel kind of powerless in a way, but it’s usually meant in good fun! 🙂 Thanks for putting this together, Iva!

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    • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
      April 4, 2014 at 2:56 AM

      Glad you found it fascinating Erika! Yes you feel powerless and vulnerable which people definitely don’t appreciate- especially depending who is doing it. Definitely an interesting form of torture, I read they would put salt on your feet and have goats lick it off. Lol, insanity! You’re welcome and happy to hear you’ve enjoyed this post! Talk to you soon! -Iva

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  • Anna Sinclair
    April 8, 2014 at 1:05 AM

    The BF hates ticking. He definitely lashes out, Haha!

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    • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
      April 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      Lol my bf hates it from other people but when I do it he can tolerate it. I try not to torture him too badly though 😉

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  • Jolene
    April 10, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    I HATE being tickled, but I’m an easy target because the people around me find it amusing to tickle me. My feet are the worse….and my sides!! errrr….. haha

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    • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
      April 10, 2014 at 1:30 PM

      Lol that is the WORSE! Start punching/kicking people 😉 That’s too funny – time to be mean up in here Jolene! Thanks for stopping by and have a great one! -Iva

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  • catherine gacad
    April 15, 2014 at 4:35 AM

    i am super ticklish. i can barely get a pedicure or massage without freaking out over being ticklish.

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    • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
      April 15, 2014 at 10:14 PM

      LOL I’m the same way about pedicures when they’re scrubbing the feet – I just cringe in my seat. 😀

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  • Cary
    August 14, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I arrived via Scattered Wrecks. I am extremely ticklish. Once upon a time, I accidentally elbowed a girl in the lip when she snuck up behind me and jolted me by surprise by tickling my sides. To this day, my partner knows that if he wants to control me, he threatens me with tickles. Augh. I REALLY appreciate the tip on how to quell it by placing your hand over the offenders. I’m going to give this a try!

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    • Awesomely Over-Zealous
      August 15, 2014 at 2:50 AM

      Thank you for arriving Cary! Lol I hope this helps some – It’s awful when others do it intentionally knowing your dislike for it. I guess that’s why trusting others is a gamble 😛 If they know too much it’s dangerous, hehe. At least he’s not trying to torture or kill you by tickling, that would be a sad way to go. Thanks for stopping by Cary and have a great one! -Iva

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 4, 2014 at 2:00 AM

    Oh noo!! I hope you don’t get tickled then. I wouldn’t want anyone experiencing your wrath! Have a great one Lady Lilith! -Iva

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 3, 2014 at 8:47 PM

    I found that aspect about submission very interesting indeed! Haha it’s good you can keep the giggling under wraps! I’ve realized that no one likes being tickled, except maybe kids, but otherwise it’s a very disliked phenomenon. Glad you learned something and thanks a lot Lisa it means a lot to hear that! Have a great one -Iva

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  • Lisa R. Petty
    April 3, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    I HATE being tickled. Hate it. That is interesting about people laughing to show submission and displeasure. I’ve always laughed in uncomfortable situations, even funerals, though I keep it hidden. 🙂 I love your blogs. I always learn something. Have a great, tickle free day!Lisa

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 3, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Yikes – I would not appreciate wetting of the pants! I feel that’s the most frustrating part of being tickled: you don’t really enjoy it and a lot of times it annoys you but because you’re laughing the other person assumes you’re having fun. Lol. Thank you for stopping by Angel and have a great one! -Iva

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  • Angel_the_alien
    April 3, 2014 at 3:02 AM

    I don’t think I ever liked being tickled, despite the fact that I would be laughing when someone tickled me. I always hated the feeling of not being in control. I can see how taking it overboard could be a form of abuse. I’ve heard of people tickling someone until the person wet their pants!

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 2, 2014 at 11:30 PM

    Lol one of those – haha you’re the type of person ticklers LOVE to tickle just to test your reflexes 😉 take it easy love! -Iva

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  • kathy @ vodka and soda
    April 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    ooo i’m not a person to tickle; i will straight up punch you in the face!

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 2, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    That’s so cute 🙂 I’m sure it’ll get on her nerves as shes gets older 😉 Apparently you can?! Isn’t that interesting? It was used for TORTURE! Just insane. The giggles definitely are infectious though 😀 Thanks for stopping by Tamara and talk soon! -Iva

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  • Tamara
    April 2, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Wait, you can be tickled to death?? Now I’m scared.I hate it. Scarlet loves it and often asks me to tickle her but I make sure she knows that she should tell me the second it’s not fun anymore and I will stop. The giggles are infectious, though. What I do is pause a lot and that gives her time to say, "Keep going!" Or…"Stop!"

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 2, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    You’re not alone!! I honestly don’t know anyone who enjoys being tickled, so what does that say about the ticklees out there? Hmmm lol Definitely share this post and let him know he’s activating a part of your brain that perceives pain!! Thanks for stopping by Kate and have a great one! -Iva

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Now you know why he was probably a bit sadistic 😉 take care Amanda! -Iva

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  • Kate
    April 2, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    I actually don’t like being tickled! I find it painful. My boyfriend doesn’t believe me that it hurts so I think I need to share this post!

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  • Amanda
    April 2, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH! I always knew Elmo was a little off. 😉

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 2, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Woohooo glad I made you think love 🙂 Heck yes – I remember my feet would tickle SOO BADLY when I was younger I would die at the thought of someone trying to tickle me. Thank you Hypothalamus indeed 😉 Happy Hump Day love and hope you’re doing good!! -Iva

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 2, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    LOL I’d love to see that photo haha – yes I’m a brain nerd too, love learning and reading about all things brain. I don’t think people LIKE to be tickled but I think people ENJOY tickling others, lol. I think being on the receiving always sucks especially when you can’t anticipate it! Thanks for stopping by Erin and have a great one! -Iva

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 2, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    It’s good to know – hope Angel doesn’t use that against you 😛 Kids are silly but they’re fun, haha, it’s fun tickling my son every once in a while 🙂 Happy Hump Day Rachel and thanks for stopping by! -Iva

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  • Iva aka AwesomelyOZ
    April 2, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    LOL I can see this happening actually – I’ve seen someone get hurt trying to tickle another because reflex trumps rationality. So funny – you’re very welcome Sue and best of luck with the new blog!! Happy Hump Day! -Iva

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  • Erin @ Erin's Inside Job
    April 2, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Do people like to be tickled? I crumple in a ball on the floor and start my wild kicking dance. I love all the brain talk bc I am a brain nerd. I should send you the picture I have holding a sheep brain before we dissected it. Of course I couldnt leave it at that though and drew hearts around it in paint. What is wrong with me? Oh well. Keep up the good work!

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  • Rachel G
    April 2, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    I cannot stand to be tickled!! I did know that it’s technically impossible to tickle yourself because of the way your brain works–but I’ve known some silly young children who will fall down on the floor with laughter upon attempting to tickle themselves on the tummy. Now that makes me laugh!! Gotta love kids!

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  • Susan Reineck
    April 2, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Anyone who ever tried to tickle my feet suffered a direct kick to the face. This was purely reflexive on my part, but now I understand why I did it – I was anticipating pain and protecting my feet from impending doom! Thanks for helping us understand why we do the silly things we do, Iva. And thanks for the shout out!

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  • MJ @ Luck Fupus
    April 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Well, this makes me look at "Tickle Me Elmo" in a whole different light! Ha! You never fail to suck me in to your writing, and I love that I always learn something and it always makes me think. I remember my older sister pinning my arms pown with her knees and doing that tickle "threat" and I would just laugh and laugh. Who knew there was an actual reason behind it? That tricky dicky hypothalamus!

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  • Lady Lilith
    November 30, -0001 at 12:00 AM

    I am so not a fan of getting tickled. It makes me really mad and angry.

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