Throwback Thursday: Tickle Porn

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Mr. Tickle Tickle Porn

This weeks follow up post on Hearing will regrettably have to wait until Monday since I’m fighting a virus. Catch the first part of it here. This winter has been particularly rough, doesn’t matter where you are; it’s sucked.  So until my full cognitive functions have been restored to full capacity, enjoy this Tickle Porn throwback: 


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:

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).

So What Happens When We Get Tickled?
  1. The information passes through the Somatosensory Cortex, responsible for analyzing touch information
  2. It also passes through the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, which governs pleasant feelings
Together you get the Tickle Sensation!

More facts on tickling:

  • Tickling also stimulates the hypothalamus, which is why we laugh at the threat of being tickled.
  • Tickling is one of your body’s alarm systems and is used to draw attention to external stimuli, such as creepy crawlers and bugs.
  • Want to know how to block a tickle? Place your hand on a tickler’s hand – it tricks the brain into thinking you’re the one doing the tickling since you’re generating the same motion.
  • Men like being tickled more , slightly less pleasant experience for women.  The pleasure of tickling is directly related to the relationship of the tickler and the ticklee.  A lover’s ticklish touch might be pleasurable while an older brothers could feel like torture.
  • While it may sound like fun and games, tickling can be torturous! It used to be used as corporal punishment.  During the 16th Century, a Protestant sect would tickle transgressors to death. Although in some instance tickling equals flirting, the most common reason for tickling these days is to show affection.

Another point, even now some forms of tickling can be considered a form of physical abuse. 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. So 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.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

How’s your family tolerating this winter? What did you learn this week?

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18 Comments
  • Noor Unnahar
    March 5, 2015 at 9:47 AM

    Ouch! I am so ticklish and it hurts, most of the time. Because when you’re under attack from so many little cousins and they ALL know where to tickle. Ha ha!
    Get well soon Iva 🙂

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    • AwesomelyOZ
      March 5, 2015 at 12:15 PM

      Yikes! That’s cute to think of though, all the little cousins. 🙂 Kids don’t always understand that they’re being too rough so it can hurt LoL. Thank you Noor – I’m feeling a bit better indeed. Have a great one!! -Iva

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  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri
    March 5, 2015 at 11:31 AM

    Feel better, Iva! xo

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  • JamaicanJuice
    March 5, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    So languid a part of the whole fight or flight sensory-somatic response. Could being tickled potentially save us from danger?

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    • JamaicanJuice
      March 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      Sorry, that should read, “is being tickled….?”

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    • JamaicanJuice
      March 5, 2015 at 11:44 AM

      Sorry, that should read, “is being tickled a part of the whole sensory-somatic response?”

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      • AwesomelyOZ
        March 5, 2015 at 12:13 PM

        You are making a mess in my comment section SIR! 😛 Lol Yes it is part of the touch sensory-somatic system/response. It can potentially keep us safe in the sense that it is seen as an evolutionary mechanism that teaches us how to defend ourselves and fight back if attacked. The fact that we sometimes laugh at being tickled is theorized to promote the re-occurrence of this phenomena. So if you find it fun, it’s a win-win because you’re picking up a life skill too. 😛 Get to work G! That CR ain’t going to do itself! -Iva

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  • Jen
    March 7, 2015 at 8:55 AM

    Ha! This is a great post! I love the flashback because otherwise I would’ve never read this one.

    I love tickling the crap out of my kids. I have the “magic touch” as they say. I betcha back in the day those torture peeps would’ve been clamoring for my help in the chamber of death by tickle. Creepy, yes?

    I’ll need to read part 1 of the hearing post – I missed last week! Hope you feel better soon Iva 🙂 REST EASY!

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    • AwesomelyOZ
      March 9, 2015 at 12:59 AM

      Yay glad you were able to read it then. 🙂 LOL! Do your kids enjoy your tickling them? Do YOU enjoy being tickled? I don’t hate being tickled but I prefer to avoid it 😛

      Woop Woop part 2 is coming up tomorrow morning – took forever! Thank you lovely!! I am feeling better indeed! Take Care Jen -Iva

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  • Tamara
    March 7, 2015 at 11:03 PM

    Love it all! Especially my ability to comment now. Whew.
    Well.. tickle porn. Love that title too. I hate tickling so much and I get so mad when Scarlet tickles me. And yet, I love the laughter when I tickle my kids!

    I am NOT tolerating winter at all. I’ve lot my ability, my friend, but Happy Daylight Savings! (my favorite holiday)

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    • AwesomelyOZ
      March 9, 2015 at 1:04 AM

      I LOVE your ability to comment 🙂 Now if I could fix the RSS issue I see in Feedly where my images don’t display I’d be a happy camper until the next thing I feel the urgency to repair. If it ain’t one thing.. Lol don’t Google tickle porn. I warn you – it’s not awesome whatsoever!

      LOL I’ll remember you don’t like being tickled. 🙂 Does she try often or has been discouraged by your dislike of it? Some people are more encouraged thinking over time, the recipient may change their mind. Do you laugh or just get angry? I’m sure as they age, it won’t be as funny 😛

      I lost an hour and it makes me sad – I look at my oven clock and it says 12AM when my computer and cable box say 1AM :'( I know it already happened but it’s sad when I lose an hour of sleep Lol. My favorite holiday is any holiday I get paid to be off. We need more of those! Take Care lovely Tam Tam -Iva

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  • Shelly
    March 10, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    I HATE being tickled. My mom used to sit on me and tickle me until I cried. I swear she loves me, so I’m not sure why she tortured me like that. Haha. My husband knows not to go there lest he wants a foot to his balls. 😉

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    • AwesomelyOZ
      March 12, 2015 at 8:07 AM

      Lmao! I think parents sometimes don’t understand it’s not funny. Instinctively, a lot of us laugh so that encourages them to continue doing it until it’s no longer funny and pain strikes and you’re crying. 😛 Glad your husband has better judgement and regard for his life. 🙂 Have a great one Shelly! -Iva

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  • Charlotte
    March 16, 2015 at 11:51 AM

    Interesting that it’s the same part of the brain that anticipates pain. I love learning something new every time I stop by here. For what it’s worth, I hate to be tickled. Especially under the arms. And Bryan does this to me ALL THE TIME. Is there any part of your research that indicates that once men have found the trigger spot, they have a hard time cutting that sh*t out? LOL, grr…

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    • AwesomelyOZ
      March 16, 2015 at 12:38 PM

      Yay glad you loved learning about this stuff Charlotte 🙂 LOL! Nothing in my research indicates that but it would say something about his character. I did pick up on statements that indicated a power struggle between the person being tickled and the ticklee, so possibly your succumbing to his tickling is a form of submission due to your love for him. 🙂 Have a great one Charlotte! -Iva

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  • Angela Gilmore
    March 16, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    OMG I love this post! I hate being tickled. My brothers used to torture me when I was a kid, and I’ve told my husband that he can’t tickle me because I don’t enjoy it. The problem is that I laugh, which makes it seem like it’s fun. I try to remind him of that when he tickles our son. If he is enjoying it, it’s fine, but if he’s upset when you stop tickling him you can’t start back up again. It’s been a hard lesson for my husband to learn, his greatest joy in life is making people laugh, and tickling is such an easy way to do it. I’m definitely sharing this with him.

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    • AwesomelyOZ
      March 18, 2015 at 9:09 AM

      Yay!! Love to hear that you love it 🙂 Haha brothers can be cruel I’ve heard. I was raised with sisters and the few physical disputes we had were of no joking matter. Aww it seems your husband means well and probably associates tickling with fond memories of his own so he assumes you both respond the same, especially since your initial reaction is laughter. We’re built that way on purpose but a lot of times it sends us into panic mode and many don’t realize that. Lol Yes feel free to pass this along so he has some understanding as to what goes on when you’re being tickled and why you hate it so! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing Angela!! Have a great one and enjoy your last trimester! -Iva

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