Item description for The Hug Therapy Book by Kathleen Keating...
Overview Argues that embraces contribute to our physical and mental well-being and describes the finer points of therapeutic hugging
Publishers Description Relax, raise your arms, place them around the person in front of you and squeeze gently. But, no bear hugs, please. Kathleen Keating and Mimi Noland combine their talents to show how and why all kinds of hugs have positive results on IQ, aging, self-esteem, and stress. Simple line art drawings of charismatic cartoon bears lend a whimsical touch to book guaranteed to touch your heart. A great gift idea for someone who needs a hug. A beary, beary uplifting book.
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Studio: Hazelden Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.27" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.24" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Apr 19, 1994
ISBN 1568380941 ISBN13 9781568380940
Availability 18 units. Availability accurate as of Jan 22, 2017 05:56.
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More About Kathleen Keating
KATHLEEN KEATING is Associate Professor, University of New Mexico General Library, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Hug Therapy Book?
Cute Gag Gift Dec 31, 2007
The guy I bought this for loved it. Small enough for an office gift.
hug therapy Nov 16, 2007
this book is quite small, and somewhat disappointing,not enough hugs are illustrated and the text that goes with the illustrations seems incomplete.Not enough information.This little book should probably be cheaper also.
5 star Book Jun 5, 2006
I am a health care professional and bought this book in 1983! I just bought another copy last weekend to give to a dear friend. I have given it as gifts for 20 years.
So many people struggle with touch. Touch conveys love and compassion. So many people struggle with receiving love because you have to be open and vulnerable. I was one of those people when I was 20 something. I have since learned that receiving love is a wonderful thing to receive in life and often, it is received with a hug. We all want acceptance, understanding and love. A sincere hug conveys that.
This book discusses the "Ethics and Rules" of hugs. Of note, permission should always be asked first (rule #2 in the book). If a hug is ever uncomfortable, the receiving individual has the opportunity to say "no" or "I'll pass". Individuals who say "yes" and mean "no", hopefully have relationships they value to learn from feedback regarding how to say "yes" when they mean "yes" and "no" when thay mean "no". Children need to learn this important lesson.
This is a darling book that addresses a very important subject.
Not EVERYBODY Embraces This Approach Apr 1, 2005
While in most cases, hugs do brighten people's days, hugging is not a panacea for all challenges. Not EVERYBODY likes or wants hugs and this book can be very misleading. One size does NOT fit all. However, hugs are and can be wonderful if all parties involved like and want them and are comfortable with each other. That is the heart of the matter.
In some cases, hugs are viewed as restrictive and punitive. I knew a child who used to flee a relative who was known to swoop down on children with raucous displays of affection. The child thought the hugger looked like an attacker and would run. Many people with autism find hugs unpleasant and just another way of being forced to endure something unpleasant. Hugs can also be intrusive.
Very rarely has the very real issue of people who dislike hugs and don't want them in the first place been addressed. Their rights should be honored. Donna Williams does an outstanding job of discussing this in "Autism: An Inside-Out Approach." Having an aversion for hugs is not limited to the autistic population.
Some cultures encourage privacy and hugging is not the cultural "norm." There is also the very real issue of individual tastes and needs. Not all individuals find this a desirable method. Being forced to endure hugs or being coerced to hug and/or be hugged by somebody one dislikes and/or does not know well is a disservice to all. Hugging on cue seems scripted and unnatural. How unfortunate that something which has traditionally been touted as positive can be used as a way of making people compromise their wishes and submit to appease others. In the examples provided above, hugging appears to be a self serving act that just meets the hugger's needs.
I didn't like the bear costumes the people were drawn wearing in this book. That just reinforced the need to be covert when forcing hugs on people who'd rather not have them.
Awwww! :) Aug 11, 2001
When an old friend gave me this book as a birthday gift, I couldn't help smiling--the teddy-bear illustrations and the "benefits of hugging" lists were enough to lift my spirits. Those who already love hugs will be glad to read encouraging words from a kindred spirit; those who don't just might change their minds.