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Amuse me!
I've been puzzling over something lately, and I was hoping some of you could help me come up with something that makes sense. The base question that came up was this: Why is it that having your hands in your pocket is comforting?

Somehow having your hands exposed makes you feel more naked and more vulnerable. In a purely physical sense, the first may be true, but the second is decidely not... you slow your response to falls or attack by having to remove your hands from your pockets before you react.

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komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2002 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm gesturing wildly right now.

Can't say that I have, but I do like your ideas. Next question, though, would this apply when you're alone? It's not like we're attempting to communicate at that point, though I suppose it could be spun as 'bringing tools to a rest position while they're not in use'?

I asked Paul the question last night and he came up with, "Peter, when you've got a good thing, don't ask why..." I liked his answer, too.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 26th, 2002 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Because hands are at the periphery of the circulatory system so pockets are warmer than hands. Humans find warmth comforting. Therefore, putting cold hands in warm pockets is comforting. : )

komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2002 10:52 am (UTC) (Link)


... so you are lurking out there.

Can you explain, then, why it is that the pocket phenomenon still happens in excedingly hot weather? Having your hands so warm that they sweat is decidedly uncomfortable, n'est-ce pas?
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 26th, 2002 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah...

Eh, you got me, I am just making this stuff up. : )

I have found that recently I have been putting my hands in my pockets cause it's cold, cold, cold I say!! Snow, in APRIL!!! Ack.

Body language is complex and the result of many different systems interacting. Do you get less comfort from hands-pocketing in warm weather? Is it unrelated?

Maybe it has to do with relaxing muscles in the shoulders and upper arm because your arm weight is now being partially carried by your belt?

: )

Throwing ideas out there.

komos From: komos Date: April 26th, 2002 11:32 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah...

I was thinking about that too, but then there's the walking problem. The counterbalance of your arms swinging helps to relieve strain on your knees, hips and lower back, but still I find myself walking with my fists thrust deeply into my pockets. I think maybe the physiological reasons aren't sufficient explanation.

Keep the thoughts coming, though.

And yes, it's cold in April. We live in New England, which means that we officially have 2 seasons - Summer, Winter - with a few weeks separating them known as "Leaf-peeping" and "Spring is for the weak." ;)
wisdom_seeker From: wisdom_seeker Date: April 26th, 2002 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah...

(Somehow, that strikes me as really funny...)

In regards to your question: I've never really thought about it before. I like Karen's answer. I never realized how much of a hand-talker I am till I watched myself on video-tape doing therapy. You'd think I was directing an orchestra or traffic. I also have trouble coming up with an answer because I don't often put my hands in my pockets, unless it *is* cold (as pointed out by Shelby). I think this may be one self-relaxation habit that the two of us don't share...
komos From: komos Date: April 27th, 2002 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Ah...

I think it's your French-Canadian heritage... we tend to gesture wildly to place emphasis on everything.

I was actually kind of hoping that you'd have some sort of psych theory related to this that you'd be able to share. But no. We'll run with Ms_E's theory for the time being...
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