Not so fast -- a "touchy" culture, as in Spain or Latin America where men embrace and even kiss one another and women even more so, can be very warm and supportive, but also exquisitely cruel. Though come to think of it, the cruelty at Abu-Ghraib by U.S. Wasps, normally a more stand-offish culture, was as intimate and exquisitely cruel as anything the Chilean or Argentine torturers came up with during their dirty war. Given the choice, as I was, I have chosen the touchy culture. I like the embraces, they make me feel more connected to the community.
Mind - New Research Focuses on the Power of Physical Contact - NYTimes.com