I am not a hugger.
I have some friends who will hug me (and sometimes kiss me) every time we meet up. I have friends that I have literally never hugged. I don't mind hugging my friends who want this, but my personal preference is that none of us ever touch each other except possibly by accident.
That probably makes me sound like a terrible person.
I love to hug and kiss my kids, and probably am more or at least as affectionate with them as most parents. I love to hug and kiss my husband. I like physical affection, but only with certain people.
Lately in my book club, we've all started hugging at the end of the club. Now I like all these women very much, but I don't know some of them very well. Some of them I've only met a few times and I just feel weird hugging them! Is that wrong?
Ditto with patients. I've had a handful of patient that I bonded with who want to hug me when they're discharged, and while I always oblige, I feel that it's uncomfortable for me and I'm never sure it's appropriate.
Why can't we all just fist bump?