Some Argue Tickling Is A Form Of Abuse

Tickling's all fun and games, right? Not to a growing chorus of critics who feel that tickling a kid is tantamount to bullying, torture or even child abuse. Dr. Lawrence Cohen tellsThe New York Times that tickling can overwhelm the nervous system and make children feel helpless and out of control, while often being a painful boundary breaker. “Despite their face looking like they are enjoying it, if they say they don’t like it, they probably don’t like it,” adds Dr. Christine Harris. “You’ll see them hold their arms really tight next to their bodies or pull away, which suggests that there’s something about it that’s aversive.” Read the article here