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When is a hug more than a hug between a man and a woman who is NOT his wife?


If a man hugs a woman in front of his wife, where is the line that it has gone too far? The "hug" is fine. Does it cross the line with a kiss on the cheek? A kiss on the neck? Prolonged hugging? A kiss on the mouth? Does it just depend on the woman or on the situation or is it ALWAYS over the line when more than a hug?

 

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    aliasis 3 years ago

    Wait, men and women aren't allowed to hug as friends? I don't think that's a rule at all! Especially young people these days happily hug their opposite-sex friends, or kiss on the cheeks. And a quick closed-mouth kiss is not "mate only" either...


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 4 years ago

    That's actually the smartest move! That does make you a gentleman AND a caring man! Thanks for responding!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    Time Traveled, TRUE story! LOL...it is a touchy subject! Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    Thanks for replying! I think it IS often a cultural thing! I wondered about a gauge on the level of intimacy insinuated by the actions. I am a hugger, but very i am very conscious of the intimacy level of what KIND of hug is used on each person.


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    I like the two second rule! It gives room for some affection, but closes the gap on overstepping the intimacy boundaries! Great idea!

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    great comprehensive short answer, thanks.


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    The point in question is more the kiss on the neck than a mere hug. Analyzing began with that being more of the focus. This was in fact my point; there are many different conceptions and misconceptions regarding what is appropriate. Good point!


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    In addition, I would like to reply to another comment within this overall thread. No. I do not cheat, have not ever and will not cheat. I personally do not condone sex outside of marriage and intimate touches belong at home with your spouse.


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    The western culture however, has gotten so "loose" that some feel no need for respectul boundaries. Thanks for commenting!


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    ketage, thanks for replying. I agree 100% that a hug and kiss on the neck or mouth is totally inappropriate for any person with whom you are not intimate. Wow! Croatia! How cool!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    Communication is a great factor in the interpretation and understanding in this situation. Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 23 months ago

    Bobby, the key to it all is, in fact, knowing your mate and protecting that relationship. Thanks for commenting!


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    tehgyb,

    I agree..anything beyond a hug between a married man and another woman is inappropriate and a brief hug at that. I think it's an issue of respect and shows the value one places on the relationship with their spouse. Thanks for responding!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    I agree...it is sad that some think it won't be noticed. It is always noticed.

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    Exactly. Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    Funny but my husband would FLIP if I even hugged an ex! He gets "grumbly" if I even chat with another man. He had no problem with the situation. People and circumstances make a world of difference.

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    I agree! Thanks for commenting!

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    LoriSoard, I totally agree...stay on that soap box! Marriage needs protecting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    Absolutely. Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 20 months ago

    I am that way as well! Thanks for reading and responding!

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    Brinafr3sh 4 years ago

    I agree, unless the male spouse don't mind his wife giving out hugs as well, in front of him.


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    I agree. The security of the marriage makes a difference. The kiss in question is on the neck. A simple, quick hug and a peck on the forehead of cheek could be okay given the closeness of the "friendship". A relative stranger..different story.

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    agreed! Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    If it was only a hug....I can see it being totally harmless. I feel the kiss on the neck took it over the top. Again...situations are so the key. Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    You are SO on target! The situation, the degree of intimacy, the culture, the spouse are all reasons to keep it "in check" and make sure to keep the communication clear. Thanks for commenting!

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    So true. Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 18 months ago

    It is true that most have learned the social norm for the level of appropriateness. Some have not learned, sad to say! Thanks for reading and responding!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    I agree that a quick hug is definitely different than a prolonged one! Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    It is a tough one. The only problem about them going somewhere more private is he was married to someone else...it was in church next to his wife and he kissed the other woman's neck.

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 16 months ago

    Keeping open communication is vital in any relationship! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    IslandBites 3 years ago

    Please. Nonsense.


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    You are so right....a look CAN create that connection that can lead to too much! No one in particular....just a thought provoking question. Thanks for answering!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    Thanks for commenting! Touching of shoulders is a safe boundary!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    You are right....generalzations do not work here. However a good rule of thumb is to keep the emotions in consideration! Thanks for commenting!

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    I agree. If one person feels bad, it does matter. Thanks for commenting!

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    be grateful, thanks for your comment! That is so true! Thanks for reading!

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    IslandBites 2 years ago

    Generalizations. I am a woman and I don't mind when my husband hugs other women. And I obviously don't get hurt by that, neither my husband when I hug other men.


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    I agree. It would be easy for imagination to get carried away! Thanks for answering!

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    While providing a great answer, you also bring up questions that help clarify the question! Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 13 months ago

    Respect is truly a key element in a relationship! Thanks for commenting!

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    Ed Schofield 4 months ago

    And in the animal kingdom, there is also something to be observed. I tried to hug my first lab, she gave me a warning bite (softly delivered) on the nose. After a few months of having her in the house, and establishing our bond, it was fine with her.

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    I agree. To me a kiss on the neck is intimate and seductive. Thanks for responding!

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    I agree. Body language tells a lot about a person and their intent. Thanks for the insight!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    It can become a "chip" played in a gamble between partners! Good point! Thanks for commenting!

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    Good points! Thanks for reading and responding!

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    I agree...more than that does become questionable! Thanks for commenting!

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    Agreed! It is possible to keep it appropriate! Thanks for reading and responding!

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    And if I were to go with that premise, will hugging/not hugging change that?


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    edhan, very good line of thought there! The whole idea was more of a wondering what people thought kind of thing. It is a springboard question for couples. Thanks for answering!

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    So, something that can be "the beginning of an amorous affair" should only be done when the wife is not there? LOL

    Btw, you're wrong. I'm a wife and I have no problem with my husband hugging another woman, even if she's not a close relative.

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    So true! Michael, thanks for commenting!

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    Stephanie, you are so right. Cultures play a significant part in the interpretation of appropriateness. I believe most though would agree that kissing the mouth and neck are an intimate move. Thanks for commenting!

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    Wandering hand definitely qualify as overstepping the line. Thanks for responding!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 16 months ago

    It truly is different when in creates discomfort in your relationship. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Many great points, but my favorite is the last...a wife's human nature needs only a good answer. Thanks for reading and responding!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    I believe it is the kiss that puts it over the top in my thoughts! Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    I think the intimacy of touch is so powerful and so dangerous to a relationship when given to someone outside of that relationship. Good luck with yours!


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    I agree. Thanks for commenting!

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    frumpleton 9 months ago

    Maybe I am meaner than you are. You ever heard of fight fire with fire? Well, how about hugging and kissing one of HIS friends in front of him? I'll bet he won't like that, much.


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    I am SO sorry you have experienced all of that. I believe we have slacked on the training of what IS acceptable. We have more divorce and immorality than ever before. A hug is fine. Kissing IS intimate. Respect in relationships WILL preserve them.


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    Thanks for commenting! I agree...simple guidelines help us all! Family is one thing, but still within boundaries! Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 18 months ago

    Christians would not condone it either. Lovers should reserve this level of intimacy for private as well. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 17 months ago

    Ana Maria,

    Thanks for reading and responding. It should be okay to give and receive hugs ALL the time. Sadly there is sometimes an "agenda" behind them! Cultural mores often play a large role in the interpretaion of the intent! Great comment

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 18 months ago

    Many cultures do accept many levels of "hugging", however, I find that respecting the relationship brings in its own level of appropriateness of any type of touch. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 18 months ago

    I find it interesting that precluding even a spouse from a determination of appropriateness of intimacy seems to be acceptable to you or anyone for that matter. Freedom for intimacy with anyone....does not define a committed marriage.


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    RCAugust, thanks for answering! That is probably the best approach!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    So true...we put ourselves in temptations path. Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    Trust is a delicate thing. Hugging IS generally a safe sign of comfort or affection. Kissing can twist things to a new level. A man who loves his wife would never pull her into questioning whether or not he is trustworthy.

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    Agreed! Thanks for commenting!

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 2 years ago

    Daniel, I agree. A quick hug between even practical strangers can be okay, but prolonging it opens up problems. Thanks for commenting!

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    It's true. The heart which cares does know. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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