Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself and Why Does Tickling Only Work If Someone Else Tickles You If You’re Ticklish?

If someone was tickling you and you were able to remain relaxed, it would probably not affect you at all.

Of course, it is often difficult to stay relaxed when being tickled, because tickling causes tension for most of us, such as feelings of unease due to physical contact, the lack of control and the fear of whether it will tickle or hurt.

However, some people are not ticklish, those who for some reason do not get tense when being tickled.

When you try to tickle yourself you are in complete control of the situation.

There is no need to get tense and therefore, no reaction. You will notice the same effect if you close your eyes, breathe calmly and manage to relax the next time someone tickles you.

The laughter is the result of the mild state of panic you are in.

This may be inconsistent with “survival of the fittest” theories, because the state of panic makes you more vulnerable.

But as we have seen in many cases, nature is not necessarily logical all the time.

About Karen Hill

Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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