What to do if Someone tries to Hug You!

We have all been in these situations and judging from my previous post on hugging I can see the world could use some of my advice on what to do if someone tries to hug you! It is true, it happens and it needs to stop. The spreading of germs and unwanted affection is prevalent in today’s society and the forcing of physical interaction back is appalling. Here is what I do in these situations.

My immediate reaction, as I told one commenter today, to being unexpectedly hugged is to put my left arm in front of my chest for protection while stepping back into my attacker. I then ninja flip them and follow up with a one, two spider kick. Now I realize not everyone has been to the Super Hero Academy in Huntsville, Alabama. That’s ok because not everyone is cut out for that life, but anyone can do a spider kick.

If I face a frontal attack from an incredibly eager hugger I will sometimes shout out “Mommy I didn’t do it! I didn’t do it Mommy!” The reactions vary… but generally they pretend like they were rushing to hug someone else and they never speak to me again…

Sometimes co-workers (women) will attack you as a group and will try to “group hug” you. Obviously you don’t want to turn them in to the proper authorities, snitches never last long in prison, and a combo move isn’t appropriate either. I suggest farting if you don’t care for anymore future human interaction. Ever again. But at least it will work right?

I have found that eating certain foods helps to keep people away so I make a special lunch each day. Nothing says “don’t hug me” like a garlic, kimchi, curry, fish, and egg sandwich.

If things get drastic and you are continuously ambushed by the same person at work or family gatherings you can always wear a neck brace. I would point at it a lot too… a story might help.

Lastly there are certain situations where it is almost impossible to get out of hugs. Like at church or when relatives show up. Where there is a will there is a way, and where there is a child there is a shield. This is called the deflective method. “Oh Aunt Helga! … have you seen little Johnny lately?!?”

-OM

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227 thoughts on “What to do if Someone tries to Hug You!

  1. Funny post Jason. :0)
    I normally agree with your stance on hugging and I avoid it as much as I can.
    However, I was in the city centre about a year ago and this extremely tall (we are talking about 6ft 10 – 7ft) homeless guy was selling ‘The Big Issue’ (which is a magazine homeless people sell in UK to help them get out of their situation)
    He looked such a gentle friendly giant of a guy. His good humour and jolly personality was so infectious, it shone out of him from across the street.
    So when he said to me ‘Hello lady would you like to buy a copy of The Big Issue’ I bought one and smiled and said ‘Have a good day Sweetie.’
    He scooped me up in his arms in a big bear hug, twirled me around then put me down on the floor again saying ‘That’s the warmest smile I’ve seen all day!’
    Now I haven’t been twirled around since I was a kid. It just made me giggle for ages afterwards.
    I’ve never seen him since, so I hope everything went well for him. I sometimes wonder what he is doing now.
    Since then if I see someone selling The Big Issue I always try to say ‘hello’ or ‘no thanks sweetie’, just to acknowledge that they are there. I’ve not been hugged again, but I do get some lovely warm smiles back.
    :0)

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  2. I’m all about hi fives, the man hug, and the standard mom and dad hug. But that’s only for people I’m close to, people I’m not too familiar with, no way. I’ll give a handshake or something else. Why people want to hug a total stranger is beyond me, shake the hand, or at least ask.

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  3. I am in a scooter and I put out my hand to stop them and get the “eye” . they see it as a personal offensive move. Like I have done something horrid. Yeah…just don’t feel like being touched. Loved your post it was awesome.

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  4. Hugging can be a good thing, but lately there is a trend amongst the most wicked and manipulative people who go around hugging people. People with good energy can transmit energies through hugs, but it does not work the same with negative energies.

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  5. I personally don’t mind hugs but there is a technique you may find interesting, OM. It doesn’t work with the first hug, but will with all subsequent hug attempts. When someone hugs you and really embrace it. I mean get in there deep, nose in neck, make sounds like you’re enjoying some really good ice cream, “mmmm,oh that’s good”. Hold on very tightly for an extremely uncomfortable length of time. They will never try to hug you again.

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  6. I am not a big fan of hugs, unless it is a “written” hug offered as a gesture of good will. Of course being a knock out redhead, I have to fight hugs off like bees to honey. Now, when I lived in Europe I not only endured hugs but sloppy kisses on both cheeks, I don’t like physical hugs because I am a germaphobic, but am not crude enough to turn away.

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  7. Hahaha farting is a better option but what f someone is in a dread need of a hug or maybe your hug can help them smile for a while OM ?

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  8. My personal space extends to the door of whatever room I’m in. Except for certain family members and extra special long term female friends, I am not a hugger. I don’t mind kids, they really mean it. If I see an unwanted hug coming, I put out my hand for a hand shake, I can handle that more easily. If an unwanted hugs hits its mark, I usually whisper something like, “ooooo…yes, I feel it, too.” That usually sparks an immediate pullback. 🙂

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  9. I use the classic Oprah Winfrey hug block move. That is, place your two hands on the hugger’s upper arms and then brace your arms stiff so that they cannot get any closer.
    If someone is leaning in for a kiss then simply place your hand in theirs and shake it, again creating distance with your arm.

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  11. When people try to hug me, I immediately throw up my cloak of invisibility. Then I stand back and watch the person’s confusion, as they try to figure out what happened to their intended prey. Cheap entertainment.

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  12. I’m not a “huggy” person either. I think the worst hugs, are the overly-friendly drunks. You want to kick them in their privates and move on.

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    • I remember those. I don’t get them as often, being married and older now, but during college I remember the drunk huggers. Those people that hugged everyone 5 times before leaving the party. Ugh… just go home! lol

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    • I know someone that is a huggy person in general and to see her drunk is just….RAWR! and she’s in her late 30’s!

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  13. Children are a wonderful shield for social events. You can offer them food, introduce them to people, sit them down on your lap, take them off again, take them to the bathroom, take them outside, introduce them to the dog, take them away from the dog, and then say they’re tired and go home.

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  14. Thanks for the laugh on this otherwise gloomy night. For the most part I’m fine with half hugs and pats. Being from Hawaii I have to be.

    Hawaii would drive non-huggers insane. A hug and the one cheek kiss is the norm. Try getting through 50 hug and cheek-kiss combos while arriving and leaving a family gathering. If you miss a person, it remembered . . . let the guilt trips begin.

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  15. If I ever meet you, I will make it my mission to hug you without getting ninja flipped…..kidding…I once accidentally hit a man in the nuts with my purse when he went to hug me. Being a clutz like me might help you. I personally like a good hug.🙂

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  16. When someone tries to hug me I tell them quite bluntly to back off. I back up away from them before they can get close enough to make contact, and glare at them evilly, and tell them not to do it and sometimes I growl.

    People that know me usually respect the no-hugging policy, because they know I will make zero effort to return the hug. I just stand there tensely with my arms at my side, and my eyes rolled back in my head, if someone does manage to force a hug upon me.

    And depending upon the person, and the situation I might just shove them away.

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  17. I don’t know… I think a friendly 2 seconds long hug is all right… Like, I am a grown up person, not a drama teenager, and if somebody wants to give me a short friendly hug I wouldn’t pout. Wouldn’t like to be kissed though… Anyway, the less dramas we make the easier is life.

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  18. Finally a person that understands. I am not a hateful or mean person I am just a person that hates being touched by strangers it is not to do with germs (unless they are obviously sick then I will punch them). I have been this way for as long as I can remember and I am 52 my mind hasn’t changed and it probably never will. Now though it has a lot to do with pain I have a seriously messed up spine and it causes pain all over my body to the point I am 95% disabled. Hugging is not pleasant and as a matter of fact it hurts. I have literally had to stiff arm a few people that would not listen to my no and why I said no. There are a few people allowed to hug me but they know to be gentle and no bear hugs. I have never understood the fascination some people (mostly women) have for wanting to hug everyone in sight no matter if they know them or not. I simply tell people if you don’t personally know me don’t touch me.

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  19. I like hugs. How in the world did you grow up in Memphis and not become immune to the hug thing? Complete strangers hug each other here. Hugs are much more sanitary than handshakes. Aggressive huggers get the stiff arm and a handshake.

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  21. My relatives thought I had a continual cold when I was growing up. I hated being hugged by the various nana’s and grandpa’s, aunts and uncles and the variety of people who attach themselves to family gatherings. In the day prior I would make sure to speak to nearly everyone by phone [saying mum just needed to check arrival time etc] and hack and cough and speak through my nose as if I were dying.

    I would arrive the next the next with hankies loaded with Vicks which would send a message that I had a cold [the smell worked on their subconscious [yes I WAS that devious and calculating as a child] I didn’t even need to fake sneeze very often they smelled Vicks so I was sick and escaped the hug fest.

    Mum and dad never gave me away [troopers like that they were] and I’m pretty sure that Dad wished he could employ the same ruse but I’d thought of it first.

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      • When it comes to social activities I have found that it is wise to always lay the groundwork early for a possible no show or lack of verve which will allow one to avoid an event or leave early without recrimination.

        It also has the added bonus of if I do attend they are so happy to see me that it makes up for the whole ‘human interaction’ thing that some people are so fond of.

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  22. Hmm, maybe it’s growing up in the north east, or how I pick my friends (since I’ve moved to the south). but I just don’t find myself in this situation. Most of the people I know don’t hug much– I’m not a big huger either… so it’s not like I want lots of hugs..I just don’t know where all these hugging strangers are… I haven’t met them, I guess.

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  23. What we do at Church is the two handed pray position for the hands and bow “Namesta” or a “peace be with you”. It does work.
    I rather like hugs. Think of it as building up resistance to what ever is out there. (It’s much safer than a flu shot)
    Leslie

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  24. Loved the post. Being a southerner we tend to hug, but the trick is to know who you can hug, or not. That being said, we also say darlin and sweetie. Doesn’t mean we’re flirting with you though.🙂

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  25. I suppose now would be a good time to tell you Huntsville, Ala., is my hometown … lol. No joke. I’m a peace-loving person, though. If I don’t want someone to touch me, I just stick a leg out in front of me (yes, it looks as awkward as it sounds) and cross my arms like a genie about to grant a wish (also very awkward). It usually deters people. That said, I DO ask people other than my family and closest friends if it’s OK to hug them, as a courtesy, if a situation arises that warrants one because we all need them sometimes.

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  26. I just put out my arm and say “Whoa there!, I’m not a huger.” It’s a turn off , but I don’t care either you accept it or you don’t. I don’ like to hug not because I’m afraid of catching germs it’s more of a personal issue, I like my personal space.

    Very funny and engaging article.

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  27. This post is hilarious. I think being Southern tends to make me over friendly in a benign way. I don’t hug random strangers, but yeah I’m a hugger if I know ya. *ducks for cover*😉

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  28. Ha, lol that happened to me today. I was sitting waiting for the bus and unexpectedly this old women came out of no where and hugged me. I was like WTF. but hey she wanted only 10 pence so I was ok with that, but note I did wash my face wen I went home asap coz she pecked me on the cheek. Germs…its better safe than sorry, but I felt better helping a stranger🙂

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  29. For the huggers at church, there is a simple solution. With great speed, stick out your hand for a handshake. If it is a man and I don’t want him rubbing upon my “girls” just twist to the side as if I am giving him a shoulder, slightly embrace with my shoulder gently touching his neck and take my paw and pat him on the back.🙂

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  30. I also dislike people touching me! Although, sometimes good-bye pats are ok.

    When I was young, my mom’s side of the family always insisted that we kiss hello and good-bye. I’m glad that after I became an adult they stopped forcing me to do it. I would gladly settle for hugs and cheek kisses…

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