This Is Normal
Growing up with an emotionally unavailable parent can be torturous. Children crave love and affection. Naturally, after years of being spurned by emotionless parents, the child transforms into an equally emotionally inept adult. Now, getting hugs from friends can feel … awkward. Why are they squeezing you with their arms?
What is this unusual movement they’re doing with their bodies? Why do you now feel trapped? Imprisoned by this person’s surprisingly strong yet gentle arms? Receiving affection of any kind after an extensive period of never knowing it can be jarring. Just remember to draw that line in the sand. Make your personal boundaries known.