Tickling is a way that many parents use to seek physical closeness with their children. They produce laughter and moments of family fun, but is it as beautiful as it sounds? Actually, when the tickles last short and are accepted by the receiver, there is nothing wrong, as long as it stops at the moment in which the person receiving the tickles asks the person doing them to stop.
Laughter at the tickle is automatic, so it does not always mean that a child or an adult likes what they are doing even if they are laughing. Tickling can be extremely annoying for some people, especially those who find it difficult to maintain physical closeness with others.
If he asks you to stop, stop
In the event that a father does not stop when his son asks him to, things change. If a father continues to tickle his children without their wanting them, he is only transmitting the dangerous message that an adult has the power over his body even though he wants to resist. It sounds too alarming, but it’s a good idea to keep this in mind so that if you want to tickle your child, you respect his decision to stop at a certain time.
In this way, if you stop when he asks, you will be transmitting a powerful message: he has power over his body and decides over it. Children can enjoy a tickle moment, but it can also be annoying, so it is important that they have control of knowing when to stop. The adult has more physical strength so he is the one who has to stop.
The dark side of tickling
As we’ve noted above, tickling doesn’t have to be fun. They can be real torture and not at all harmless. Laughter, although in the vast majority of occasions is pleasant, when it is caused by tickling generates a lot of stress in people. With tickling, people lose control over their body and the body enters a state of tension, fatigue and anxiety.
In China, around 1800 years ago it was used as a method of punishment for criminals or traitors because it left no marks and recovery seemed easy. This type of torture was also used in other times in Japan without mercy to any criminal.
A similar form was also used in Rome. Criminals had to endure a goat licking their feet. Although it may seem like a joke, this technique was used as torture because it became unbearable and painful, sometimes even causing deaths from strokes caused by the stress that this type of laughter causes in the body.
In World War II, the Nazis also used this method of torture on their prisoners until they were killed. Deaths from laughter can be caused by suffocation, stroke, or acute stress. The person loses control over their body and cannot properly control their breathing. Depending on the intensity and how long you are forced to laugh, the consequences can be fatal. There are people who die from fits of laughter, so it is necessary to know the horrible consequences of tickling.