At a young age, I had always felt uncomfortable with physical contact of any sort with friends, family, ... organic substances in general. I think at some point around 10, I told my parents not to hug, pat, or kiss me as it felt like a violation of personal space. Since that time (23), I never felt the need/urge for physical contact/affection from/towards other people. The discomfort is more or less gone but making physical contact doesn't trigger much of a response from my side. However, the converse may not be true, especially for opposite gender friends so some questions are raised. I'd like input from both intjs and non-intjs here;)
-Is physical contact (with friends and family) a biological need for some people and why?
I ask this because in my case, I was raised by hard discipline so every time my parents hit me, I lost some respect for them. I think this created a sort of negative association between physical contact and emotional/intellectual closeness (they were SJ, SP).
-What does an urge for physical contact feel like?
This is more for those who love hugs from friends and family. Why do you do it? And if those needs are not met, describe the drain on an emotional/sensation/gut level.
-How important is physical contact for human bonding?
Now for bonding, I mean the full gamut of human relationships (acquaintance, friend, romantic interest, SO). If a relationship is devoid of this physical aspect, does it become a roadblock/wall and why?
Thanks for your response!