How to Be Less Ticklish

How to Be Less Ticklish: A Guide To Being More Comfortable With Your Body And Mind

The following is a guide to being less ticklish. There are many ways to be less ticklish and it all depends on your personality type. If you’re one of those people who’s always complaining, then you might want to avoid this article because it won’t work for you. However if you have a positive attitude, are willing to try new things and enjoy life, then you’ll probably find this article useful.

1) You need to relax.

Tickling is like getting hit with a hot iron ball or something similar. When you get tickled, your body goes into shock and there’s no way out of it. It feels really uncomfortable and sometimes even painful at times. So if you’re going to do it, don’t worry too much about what will happen. Just go ahead and do it!

2) Don’t look away from the person doing the tickling.

If they keep staring at you while tickling, then they aren’t paying attention to you. They’re just concentrating on their task of tickling someone else. That means that they’re missing out on having fun themselves! So don’t be scared to look into the eyes of the person tickling you.

3) Tell a joke or a story.

If you’re able to make someone laugh while their doing something to you, then that releases some of the pressure off of you. For example, if someone is trying to scare you and you tell a funny joke in the middle of it, then that releases some of the pressure that they have on you. Same concept, different scenario.

4) Try to ignore the fact that your getting tickled.

If you try to ignore the fact that your getting tickled, then it’ll seem less real. You can also try to think about something else while this is happening. For some reason, if you start thinking about something random, then it will take your mind off of what’s actually happening. It may sound weird, but it works!

5) Say “Rape!

If someone starts tickling you and you’re a guy, then just yell “Rape!” It may be a dirty tactic, but it’s better than getting tickled! This also works on people who don’t like to hear that word. I don’t know why it does, but it just does for some reason.

6) Be hilarious!

If you’re hilarious while someone is tickling you, then it takes the pressure off of you because they’ll be so busy laughing at your jokes, that they won’t have time to tickle you anymore. This sounds hard to do, but trust me, if you’re a funny person, then this should come naturally to you!

7) Try to move around a lot.

While someone is tickling you, the more you move around, the more they have to chase you. This takes time and by then, the tickling has stopped! It’s not always a fool proof plan, but it can work sometimes.

8) Have them stop tickling you.

This sounds stupid, but it’s true! If you want someone to stop doing something to you, then just tell them to stop. It’s that simple. It’s one of those unwritten rules that everyone should know.

Well, that’s all the tips I have for you. Remember, these tips aren’t going to work for everyone and you’re going to need to find out which ones work best for you personally. Other than that, enjoy getting tickled!


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Rapid learning and unlearning of predicted sensory delays in self-generated touch by K Kilteni, C Houborg, HH Ehrsson – Elife, 2019 –

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Central cancellation of self-produced tickle sensation by SJ Blakemore, DM Wolpert, CD Frith – Nature neuroscience, 1998 –

Touch, digital communication and the ticklish by C Vasseleu – Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, 1999 – Taylor & Francis