Tickling Can Be Harmful, Here Is Why

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Health and Fitness On 27th February 2018

Tickling can cause laughter and it seems harmless but it can be dangerous.


Form of torture

Tickling was used as a form of punishment in the past by The Han Dynasty because it caused suffering without any marks on the body.


Aggressive form of torture

Nazi prison guards tortured prisoners by tickling them with a feather. Tickle sensation involves signals from nerve fibers associated with both pain and touch. An article in the British Medical Journal describes Ancient Rome, Victims were tied up, their feet soaked in salt, and then goats would have at them with their tongues.


Anticipates pain

Tickling activates the part of the brain that anticipates pain said the researcher at the University of Tuebingen.

Anticipation of pleasure

Charles Darwin said that tickling provokes laughter through the anticipation of pleasure.


Not a happy phenomenon

Richard Alexander wrote an article published by the New York Times that "Ticklish laughter is not the happy phenomenon that many have assumed it to be."

He added, "A child can be transformed from laughter into tears by going the tiniest bit too far[Tickling] does not create a pleasurable feeling just the outward appearance of one."

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