“Coco McAtee, I thank the stars everyday that we had that conversation and I decided to have you come and talk with my Girl Scouts. That is one of the best things I think I ever did for those girls..."

Coco McAtee LSCSW
Family Life Educator | Speaker | Facilitator


Telling the Truth About Bodies



February 14, 2016

The Power of Touch
Most people don't realize that the largest organ of the body is the skin and that as human beings of the mammal persuasion, need to be touched for growth.

In my sexuality education training, we were taught that the most powerful sexual organ is the brain and the largest is the skin.  We were further taught that like other necessities like food, clothing and shelter, there is a 'skin hunger' that needs to be  'fed'. 

In the not too distant past, there was an experiment that identified that humans, if deprived of touch in their early years, can fail to thrive.  See the Harry Harlow rhesus monkey experiment.

A favorite and famous famiy therapist, Virginia Satir shared that just for survival, we need 4 hugs a day; for maintenance we need 8 per day and for growth, we need 12 each day.

Welcome and wanted touch is therapeutic, medicinal and calming.  GIve yourself a hug today.  Offer a hug so long as the other person feels no pressure.  That is what Valentine's Day can encourage.

Here's to happy hugging.