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Touching The Face: An Instant Self-Soother

Touching The Face: An Instant Self-Soother

The body has many nerve endings that's useful for self-soothing like with our fingertips that can delicately and precisely feel things.

However, the need to touch our face comes with the reason of economic efficiency. We are able to get the quickest relief with the nerves that need stimulating through the face because the nerves there are extremely sensitive and close to the brain thus making the signals arrive quickly and robustly.

We favor the face due to its ample amount of nerves. It rewards us consistently and quickly.

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The Need For Self-Soothing

Self-touching or also known as self-pacifying is something that we do both consciously and unconsciously. It's done because our brain requires us to do so.

Certain touches like the twirling of the hair or even just by touching your beard can contribute to psychological comfort. When done correctly it releases a bunch of chemicals that help us relieve stress, calm down, and put us in a good mood.

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Primitive Reflexes

As infants we have in our DNA the moro reflex and the palmar grasp reflex. These are reflexes that develop while we were in the womb and lasts until we are at 3-6 months of age.

These reflexes are responses to our environment whether it may be through a loud sound which startle us or when an object is placed in our little infant palms.

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We touch our faces on average 16 times an hour.
And almost half of the face touches involve the mouth, nose, or eyes, which are the easiest pathways for viruses and bacteria to enter our bodies.

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