“Because incest is a violation of the child’s physical boundaries, in later life, the survivor is sensitive to any crossing of the invisible wall with which we surround ourselves. S/he is frightened or enraged when someone touches him/her by surprise or when someone hugs him/her without asking or when someone grabs him/her from behind.” Secret Survivors by E. Sue Blume
Absolutely!! I’ll give you one of my examples; when I first started going to Church regularly, I was taken aback by the fact that the people greeted each other with hugs, whether they knew one another or not, I didn’t like or understand it, and I didn’t want them in my personal space. It took months before I became comfortable and the day I reached out and hugged a friend of mine she was so shocked. Now I get it and it’s okay.