One might argue that the number of types of physical affection must surely total more than seven.However, when the authors examined other possibilities, these tended to be readily reduced to the ones they tested.There are also cultural variations in expressions of physical affection, such as the tendency of people from certain European or Latin American countries to kiss on the cheek as a sign not of affection, but of politeness.Even with these potential limitations, the study was groundbreaking in nature, focusing the research lens on one of the most common areas of couple communication.
Fortunately, both men and women liked kissing on the lips (or the men would’ve had no one to kiss).
Unfortunately, in the decade following its publication, there have been no published studies to advance research specifically on this topic of affection outside of sexual intimacy.
With the plethora of research on intimacy in general, it would seem worthwhile to return to the original question posed by these researchers. According to the study’s authors, there are clear implications for helping couples improved their relationship satisfaction.
Hugging, holding hands, and giving backrubs seem like simple ways to start rebuilding bonds between couples who are losing their feelings of emotional connection.
A relationship needn’t be in serious trouble for a couple to benefit from increasing their amount of physically affectionate interaction.
For each of the following, rate frequency in your current relationship, whether the form of affection is and expression of love, whether it’s an expression of intimacy, and your preference for this type of affection.