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Theme page 27. The DSB, the TSB and the sense of touch and feeling

The sense of touch and feeling on the skin conveys information about the size, shape, material and the surface structure of the objects around us. With the sensations of touch a child becomes aware of the contours of his/her own body and distinguishes the quality of touch stimuli such as touch, pressure and temperature. The sensations of touch help to understand the three-dimensionality of the surroundings and convey a feeling of safety. That's why they (the sensations of touch) are important for the development of a child's emotional life.

The more of the muscles attached to the skin are tensed by the DSB the worse the skin can feel the touch or vicinity of a hand, lap or the surface of a seat. This may cause insecurity in a baby if he/she cannot sense the touch against the lap. That's why he/she may not want to sit in a lap once he/she has learnt to stand and walk.

The sense of touch and feeling on the skin can also tolerate a lot of pain when it may be difficult for the offender to understand pain in other people and feel sorry for their feelings. This kind of bad memory of the sense of touch and feeling connected with a deficient control of muscular strength and moods may result in aggressive behavior which may hurt other people. Despite hard-handed actions the same person may be afraid of the pain caused by injection, dental treatment or ordinary infectious diseases because under the skin in the tensed muscles the sense of touch and feeling can be extremely sensitive. If the sense of touch and feeling responds badly to heat and cold, the skin and body may be disposed to excessive heat in the sun, in the shower or sauna or be frozen in freezing conditions.

A hypersensitive sense of touch and feeling may make a light touch feel like a hit. A small scratch feels terribly painful. A drop of blood can make him or her faint. The seams of clothes may feel irritating. Little inconveniences may cause great frustration. Strong feelings of empathy and fear for even little things can restrict normal life a lot. These experiences shouldn't shock anyone, but as long as the body is tensed and unstable they can distress and dispose to disorders in mental health.