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Last week , I tweeted that I should do a PSA about how to hug a person with a back injury ( cause I had suffered a few bad hugs ). My amazi...
Last week, I tweeted that I should do a PSA about how to hug a person with a back injury (cause I had suffered a few bad hugs). My amazing friend, Paul, was like "LET'S DO THIS!" So we did it. I think he did a great job of compressing 27 of me acting like a creepy idiot into 7 minutes of semi-coherent awesomeness. Kudos Paul. (You should also check out Druidzilla's (Paul's doggie) Twitter feed.)
Paul brings up a very good point -- that any and all physical contact requires consent (verbal or physical) each and every time. There are times when even someone with the best intentions in a hug (to comfort and show affection) can go very wrong in the application (unwanted contact or the hug exacerbates an injury). Not everyone is a hugger (like me) and that's 100% okay and within his or her rights.
Many times if I see someone going for a hug, I'll say "I have a bad back, please be careful." Most well-behaved Homo sapiens will respect that and either switch to a handshake or they let me lead the hug. But there are a few people who don't get the message. Not all of the "bad hugs" made it into the video so I'll list them here:
2. Wiggle/Weeble Hug (with Twist variation)
3. Side strangle Hug (with Slap variation)
4. High Velocity Hug (with Tackle variation)
5. Crack-your-back/Amateur Chiropractor Hug
6. Jump-up-and-down Hug (a/k/a the Giggly Sorority Hug)
7. Pick-you-up/Go Low Hug (a/k/a Feat of Strength Hug)
8. The Limp Body Hug (this isn't injurious, it's just lame)
9. (The Little Kid Hugs -- this one kills me because I love my niece and little ones in the family, but I can't always pick them up or bend over to hug them, which sometimes hurts their feelings. In this case I really need mommy and daddy's help in explaining that I have a boo-boo.)
What makes a good hug?
2. Balance (in terms of gravity and that hugger/huggee mirror each other's physicality)
Again -- BIG THANKS to Paul for filming this with me and thank you all for (hopefully) your future hugs.