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Why can't you tickle yourself?

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You know it's you
You are aware it's gonna happen.

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The feeling you get when your tickeled is actually a fear or panic response so if you do it to yourself your not afraid of yourself nor are you going to try to get away from yourself because your body knows its you touchin your own body so it doesnt feel the need to warn you of possible danger

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Actually tickling by others is something that you are not aware of and if also aware you don't know where the person is going to Tickle you
When you are tickling yourselves you are very aware what you are doing that's the reason..
Nice Question by the way...

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Why would you want to?

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you're fully aware of it...

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Well you can though it just wouldn't feel the same has if someone else tickled you ha , ha.

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You can. But, you won't feel ticklish at all because you're expecting it to happen.

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I must say, these answers make no sense. I'm fully aware when my friend is about to tickle the bottom of my foot or my knee, but it still tickles.

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Until you said this I was buying into the idea of surprise. But you made me re-think. It sounds like you're talking about the ticklish feeling of a light touch on the skin. I can also produce this feeling alone, and whether I'm aided or alone this feeling does not make me laugh. I think the question was about another kind of tickling, in which someone sort of pokes another person and wiggles his fingers, provoking laughter. But I agree that even there, ticklishness does not seem to depend on surprise; he could do the exact same thing every day, with no surprise, and the tickling can remain ticklish. There does still seem a connection to panic, though.
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I so agree with you...the answers don't make sense. When I have a pedicure I know that they are going to be touching the bottom of my foot and it definitely tickles...so ...how come??
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You never expect how much pressure the person tickling you will use to tickle you. But, doing it by yourself, you already know.
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Thank u for ur response Rainbowkit Bcuz u replied exactly wat I was thinking upon reading these answers!!!
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you know already what you are going to do, you are 'prepared'

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Maybe 'cause already know- where your next tickling movement will be... thats why its not a surprise and your mind is alright prepared for it .......

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oh, you can! just hard

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Who says you can't ? I sure can and I"m not the only one.

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You can actually tickle yourself, I know of two spots, that you can get a slight tickle. It is not, exactly the same feeling as with another persons doing it though. It is above the roof of your mouth, and also where they do bloodwork. Use your fingertips very slightly and tickle back-and-forth and you'll get tickle out of it

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you know it's going to happen so, it's not as suprising when it happens

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Because you know it will happen wierd question though

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I once went on a quest of self exploration, not for the purposes of tickling myself, but the details are somewhat inconsequential. I was able to locate a spot on the anterior portion of my left knee that, while completely un-ticklish to anyone other than myself elicited a catastrophic response that sent me into paroxysms of uproarious laughter. It might be noted for didactic purposes that perhaps this was not the best timing on my part, as I was at the time driving an 18-wheel transport. Unable to control myself, I obliterated no less than 7 other vehicles on the motorway and was forced to abandon the rig and flee the scene. That was three years ago. My wife and two children have no idea what became of me and I am still a wanted fugitive. I now run an armadillo farm under the pseudonym Armando Sanchez and am only able to take small moments of comfort amidst the ruin of a shattered life late at night when I am alone by tickling myself to the brink of delirium. The moral of the story is that one should not tempt fate nor soar to close to the heavens lest they risk ruination of all they hold dear...or really like armadillos.

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Best response EVER! It kind of answered my question and was entertaining as hell...thanks precociousrabbit!
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here our nervous system plays a big role..wen some1 tickles u..at dat moment ur nervous system is not aware of d situation n so it doesn't send any signal 2 d brain pertaining to d situation...on d contrary wen u tickle urself.. ur nervous system is completly aware of d situation..n so its sends corresponding signals to d brain...so u don't feel ticklish..

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i am extremely ticklish and i can tickle myself lol
possible we are all different when it comes down to this

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coz u are aware of it

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you can gain answer from monkey....ha ha ha .
you know
how to handle it

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because the brain know that its giving your hand the command to tickle yourself therefore is isn't a surprise only when another person does it it tickles

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I can tickle myself.

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because the most ticklish spots are vital areas being tickled is suppose to teach you to protect these spots. but you can tickle you foor

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Because your brain knows its coming.

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Cause...You Know Its You And You Know It's Comin!!! Lol... Nice Question Kid!! :^)

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u can tickle ur foot

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You can

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you can

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senseuse you sens your body

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you have to feel sexy yo

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You can. You can tickle your tongue. Try it, it works.

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Yaa.... that was FUN.... xD

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You can.

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no you can't if say yes so try it
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Because l said so.

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NYAN NYAN NYAN GOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE PNIES AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHThe human brain anticipates unimportant sensations, such as your own touch, so it can focus on important input like, say, a tarantula crawling up your neck.
The results might explain why it's hard to tickle yourself, scientists said today.
In the study, 30 people used a finger on their right hand to touch a finger on their left hand by tapping a device place directly over the left finger and could instantly relay the tap.
Bottom line: When their brains expected a tap and the tap came as expected, the brain noticed it less.
"It lends support to the theory that the brain is constantly predicting what is about to happen, what sensations it's about to receive," Why do our minds work this way?
The information we get from our senses is always a little out of date, because it takes time for the electrical signals to travel from the finger, ear or eye to the brain.
The study is detailed in a recent issue of the journal Current Biology.
Didn't expect that, did'ya?

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Finally, sheesh, it said you had to limit your answer to 1200 characters ... so the next comment will be the full answer XD
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The human brain anticipates unimportant sensations, such as your own touch, so it can focus on important input like, say, a tarantula crawling up your neck.

The results might explain why it's hard to tickle yourself, scientists said today.

In the study, 30 people used a finger on their right hand to touch a finger on their left hand by tapping a device place directly over the left finger and could instantly relay the tap. The computer-controlled device could introduce delays of varying length before the left finger was tapped. Researchers used another button to introduce externally generated taps.

Based on the test subjects' reports of what they felt, the sensation in the left finger was less during window of time centered on the instant any self-tapping would have occurred naturally.

Tap, tap, tap


Study participants touched a finger on their left hand (LH) by pressing a button with a finger on the right hand (RH). The scientists had a button, too (far right).
Credit: University College London


Bottom line: When their brains expected a tap and the tap came as expected, the brain noticed it less.

"It lends support to the theory that the brain is constantly predicting what is about to happen, what sensations it's about to receive," said Paul Bays of the Institute of Neurology at University College London.

Why do our minds work this way?

The information we get from our senses is always a little out of date, because it takes time for the electrical signals to travel from the finger, ear or eye to the brain.

"Although this delay is only a fraction of a second, that is long enough to make impossible anything that involves accurate control over our bodies or moving objects," such as catching a ball," Bays told LiveScience. "By combining what our senses are telling us with a prediction of what we expect to be happening we can get an accurate picture of the current state of our bodies and the outside world."
The study is detailed in a recent issue of the journal Current Biology.



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