What Kind of Hug Are You?


Are you a big hugger? I would like to be! I think hugs are nice, even if I’m a bit shy about giving them. I also have been reading a lot about the psychological powers of touch. Touch connects us to each other in powerful ways. People who have lots of touch in their lives are happier, and this includes hugs. Hugs promote the release of oxytocin, which helps us feel safer and more connected. There’s a reason why it’s our first instinct to give a friend in trouble a hug.

Over the course of my short life, I’ve seen the attitude toward hugs change in my culture… and for the better. For example, when I was growing up, I never saw men hug. Now it’s a more common occurrence. It’s also a lot more socially acceptable for men and women to hug each other in a plantonic way, and hugging as a greeting is practically mandatory with my girlfriends. It’s something I’m still getting used to, but I like it.

While I personally am not the world’s biggest hugger, I’m very pro-hugging in my life philosophy. I think anything that increases compassion in our world is a good thing. My own shyness with touch is probably why it took me so long to write a hugging themed quiz.  I’m glad I finally did. Blogthings has a lot of quizzes about kissing, but until today, none about hugging. This newest quiz is my first step in remedying that! What Kind of Hug Are You? I had a lot of fun writing this one, and while I may not be standing around with a “Free Hugs” sign any time soon, it reminded me to hug more.

What did you think of What Kind of Hug Are You? Do you like your result? Are you a big hugger… or are you like me and a little hesitant about hugging? Comment and let me know!

What do you think?

7 thoughts on “What Kind of Hug Are You?

  1. Anna

    You Are a Comforting Hug

    Interesting! I’m not much of a hugging person.

    “You’re the type of person who has already learned a lot from living. You are ready and willing to help others now.”

    I have learned a lot, and I’m trying to learn more every day. I’m always willing to help others. 🙂

    “You are naturally empathetic. You wouldn’t know how to stop relating to people, even if you wanted to.”

    I’m not as empathetic as I could be, unfortunately.

    “You are truly caring. You show you care by dropping everything to help.
    In relationships, you are a loyal partner – but you also value your space.

    I’m selectively caring to the people I care about. Okay, no more Alice in Wonderland for me. 😛

    “Absence makes your heart grow fonder.”

    I once read a similar quote: ‘Distance does to love what wind does to fire; it fuels the strong, and extinguishes the weak.’

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  2. Tara

    “You are a comforting hug–

    You’re the type of person who has already learned a lot from living. You are ready and willing to help others now. You are naturally empathetic. You wouldn’t know how to stop relating to people, even if you wanted to.

    You are truly caring. You show you care by dropping everything to help. In relationships, you are a loyal partner – but you also value your space. Absence makes your heart grow fonder.”
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    Perfect. The “you wouldn’t know how to stop relating to people even if you wanted to” is especially insightful. Even though there were periods after I started working in retail security (i.e. catching shoplifters and investigating internal/employee theft) where it definitely felt like it was harder to relate to people, I somehow always found a way to, even without really trying.

    I was super huggy when I was a kid, it was my typical way of greeting people that I knew and liked, lol. Got a little less huggy as I got older and had to go through life’s tougher lessons–even less “huggy” after living on my own for several years and after working in retail security for as long as I did. But, I have recently discovered how great they are. Sometimes I feel like there are few things that feel better than a really good hug from someone who cares about you.

    Glad you did this quiz 🙂

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    1. kari Post author

      Nice analysis! I think I’m the opposite of you… I was not huggy as a kid at all, and it’s something I grew into over time 🙂

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  3. Shana J.

    I like my result: Group Hug. The sad thing is I’ve never tried it before hahahah I AM a bit shy when it comes to hugs, mostly because I always seem to catch my friends off guard with an embrace…and it gets embarassing after a few times. xD This quiz is very unique and interesting!

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