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Afraid to touch people

I have always disliked being touched, but I never really thought about in depth about it too much until recently at work my coworkers questioned me about it. It made me feel so embarrassed that I couldn\'t even give someone an actual hug. I tried and it felt so awkward, like I was messing it up. I never initiate anything physical, but even so, when someone makes a move to hug me, I still ask them if it\'s okay for me to touch them. It\'s not that I don\'t like being touched or touching people, it\'s quite the opposite. I just feel like people wouldn\'t want me touching them because I\'m disgusting. My family has never been overly physical in affection, but I don\'t think this is the reason for my fear of touch anymore. This is ruining my relationships and I can\'t even understand why it\'s happening.

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