Touch. Why does touch matter?. Makes us better communicators Vital to our physical and mental health. Essential to our survival. Consequences of T ouch Deprivation. Marasmus : means “wasting away” in Greek.
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Makes us better communicators
Vital to our physical and mental health.
Essential to our survival
Marasmus: means “wasting away” in Greek.
In the 19th century, more than half of all infants died in the first year of life. Doctors later discovered the disease was caused by lack of touch.
In the 20th century, Ashley Montagu, found that children who were deprived of touch had small lines of retarded growth in their bones.
Biological: studies on infants link touch directly to healthy physical development. Known to reduce stress. (cortisol)
Communication: touch produces a series of neural, glandular, muscular and mental changes that we interpret as emotion
Psychological: Provides reassurance, comfort, self esteem, learning.
Social: trust, understanding others, interpersonal relationships are healthier.