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Why We Can't Tickle Ourselves

Why We Can't Tickle Ourselves - Reviewed by Kidzworld on Dec 27, 2006
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Being tickled can send even the calmest person into hysterics. Just the thought of being tickled can cause giggles. Ever try tickling yourself and couldnt get a laugh out? Heres why. - Page 1

How come we can't tickle ourselves? Most of us have a ticklish spot. It might be behind your knee, on the bottom of your foot or even the palm of your hand. For some of us, just the threat of being tickled can send us into giggles. Of course there's always the occasional oddball who claims he or she can't be tickled.

If the thought of being tickled sends you into a fit of laughter than you'd think tickling yourself should do the same. Although we laugh when we are tickled, what we feel is panic which is natural considering it feels like spiders and other creepy insects are crawling on us. There's also the fear and unease of someone touching you and you never know where they are gonna tickle you next.

The main reason anyone can be tickled is the element of surprise and the feelings that follow - panic, laughter and sensation. When we tickle ourselves we have lost the surprise factor. Our brain knows what is happening so there's no reason to laugh. We can blame this on our cerebellum. The cerebellum is the part of our brain that watches our movements and knows what kind of feelings to expect. When you tickle yourself the cerebellum tells the rest of your brain, "It's just you so don't get excited."

They say laughter is the best medicine so it's too bad we can't tickle ourselves. People with schizophrenia (a psychotic disorder that causes illusions and unrealistic thinking) can't seem to tell the difference between stimulating themselves or having someone else do it. That means there's a good chance they can tickle themselves.

1 This is a story about getting tickled really bad and it happened to me last year. I was at the beach in Florida with my family. Me and my older sister were really bored so we played in the sand and then we decided to bury each other in the sand. I volunteered to go first and we dug a big hole and I sat in it while she covered me up completely with wet sand except for my head and my feet. She asked me if I could move at all and I said no. She took a small stick and ran it up and down the bottom of my foot. I screamed! I am so ticklish on my feet! She called my cousins over and said to help. They all got my feet so bad! They took string and "flossed" in between my toes, they scratched my feet - I was goin crazy the whole time. I was laughin' and screamin' - it was soooo bad! They didn't let me out for a while but when they did I tackled my sister and got her back. I tickled her belly for a while, hehe. It was fun.

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Fun_125 posted in Friends:
I've had friends like this. The relationship made me unhappy so I took a step back. From what I think is that she isnt your real friend. This happens to the best of us. Does it suck? Yes. It does very much. When she grows up and realizes that you aren't there then she can be annoyed. But until then maybe stop spending a lot of time with her...
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I personally think that when you ARE ready then go for it! As long as the person you like isn't a jerk to anyone or you go for it! Just don't get too serious. It's middle school. Good luck!
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"Lulu335" wrote:I live in a military family, which means we have to move A LOT. I'm halfway through 6th grade, and I'm really stressed out. The reason is because I have a guy who really likes me, and we liked each other back in the 5th grade, and he's even got me presents and everything, but now I'm starting to doubt whether I still like him or not. And he is a great guy; he's silly, funny, kind- but I just don't know if he's the right guy for me. Plus there's a friend of mine who I know likes me as more than a friend, and he's a great guy, too. I really need advise!!I know, it is too late but I think you should not go for a deeper relationship, don't make it hard for yourself and try to be his just friend because you are so young .
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