When intimidation becomes intimacy
Liverpool street station, London: People rush past each other in anonymity, wait next to each other on a bench. People together, anonymous, alone, afraid to touch others, afraid to be touched. This forced intimacy can be intimidating, but maybe when you let it happen, can be quite nice lean against an other human body, or feel the heat of the person before you on the seat. Being captured by a chair. Embraced by a pressuring softness, until you are released.
The words ‘intimidating’ and ‘intimacy’ have a different meaning but the action can almost be the same. Being stuck is an unpleasant feeling, but being hugged is a very nice one. If you are captured in the chair you will have to give in and relax, this is the moment it will become a pleasant hug. Hugging has associations to specific treatments on autistic people to help to control sensorial input. This technique is called ‘deep pressure’ and is a form of pressure on the whole body to relax. Originated from taming animals and tested people that have experienced the same relaxing effect.