Is it normal to hug yourself imagining you're hugging someone else?

I've recently been finding myself hugging myself while imagining hugging someone else. I often find myself choking back tears at the same time. I don't know if I'm just lonely or if I'm just dealing with something else. Has anyone else ever experienced this?

Is It Normal?
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  • When I hug myself I imagine someone else is hugging me :o

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  • No it is not.

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    • Help me understand, Dr Tommy. We are lonely socially neglected misfits but have the same basic need for touch as everyone else. How does one adapt to this unhealthy and unfortunate isolation? You're the doc, me man. We're thirsty for an answer.

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  • You may have depression

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  • It's normal, especially after the pandemic started.:( It sounds like you're pretty isolated, at least in one way or another. You can have others around and still basically be "isolated", too. But yes, it is normal unfortunately, that doesn't mean you just need to accept that you'll always feel that way though. I don't know your situation, all I know is that situations and feelings do change over time, and that you do have a say in it. Good luck, I hope you feel better soon

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  • I do the same thing. I think its really important to do it now when we cant get physical touch from others.

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  • Try taking a hot shower instead - this has been known to lessen the feeling of loneliness in some.

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  • I do it too :( I imagine it as one of my invisible friends like mainly Little MJ he's like my ghost little bro

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  • That's depressing

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  • I only voted no because it is far less physically awkward for me to just hug a pillow.

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  • Thats sad

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