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The psychology of the man hug

By Sam Leith   July 2013

Barack Obama receives a hug from a fan: “there are men who are natural huggers” © Saul Loeb/ AFP/Getty Images

“My skin’s as pale as the outdoor moon/ My hair’s silver like a Tiffany watch/ I like lots of people around me/ But don’t kiss hello/ And please don’t touch.” That, at least according to Lou Reed and John Cale’s song “Open House,” was Andy Warhol’s position on the subject. He was at one end of the scale. A strict no-physical-contact man.

But the question arises—and it carries a whole…

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