19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Haphephobia

I have had trouble with touch sensitivity for many years. When I was a child, I loved to be hugged and cuddled by my family and friends, but in recent years, I am extremely uncomfortable when people excessively touch me. It depends on the day, for example, on many occasions, I engage in close contact if I am reunited with friends or family. However, if it is a normal day, I become very anxious when touched by people, no matter what our relationship is. My fear of touch goes beyond just the sensation, and the reasoning behind people touching me makes me anxious. I do not crave the attention of people when I am emotional, so I become closed off when people try to comfort me by touch. In my piece, haphephobia, the model is unhappy, and he is distressed by the number of people trying to console him.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2021
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: None, United States of America
Camera: Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II
Copyright: © Annika Chinnaiyan