Touching and Feeling

Our Creator has designed us so we are able to receive multiple stimuli, yet are not overwhelmed by too much too soon. Talking to another person in a room full of other people who are talking, yet speech from most of the others do not register on our minds.

When it comes to touching and feeling, we have a similar system in place. There is a great deal happening at this very moment as I am still recovering from knee surgery. Several stimuli from the laptop, various minor bodily pains, those are in the background.

Hand touching water, Pexels / Ashutosh Sonwani
You got a lotta nerve!

That phrase really has little to do with nerves.

I have one nerve left, and you're getting on it!

Aside from the obvious remark about losing patience, that may actually have a physiological basis. Some areas of our skin are far more sensitive than others (and we often seek to have them stimulated), but excessive stimulation can actually be painful. Sensitivity comes from nerve placement, as God designed us to have fewer nerve endings in some areas than others. This maximises function, pleasure, efficiency, and more.

Why are certain spots more ticklish than others? The answer has to do with nerve distribution.

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These differences come from varying “sensory neuron distributions.” That’s science for saying some parts of your skin have more nerve endings than others. Nerve distribution is different in various parts of your body. Your fingertips hold more nerve endings than your palms, which have more than your forearms, and on it goes.

To read all of this short article or listen to the audio by my favorite reader, go to "Nerve Distribution—A Sensitive Topic." As I finish this post, gradual awareness... I realize that it's getting cold in here and I may need to shut the windows.