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100. The Awkward Hug

When showing affection gets awkward..

I understand, I totally get it; you want to keep pretending this never happens. Instantly after it happens, there is some sort of mutual understanding in place stating: we both know this was awkward, so we just won’t talk about it. Awkward hugs are really something else mostly because they are so unexpected.. hugs aren’t supposed to be awkward, but sometimes they are. Here’s how:

1. Someone’s phone vibrates during a hug. You’re all into it, and then suddenly BUZZ! BUZZ! And there is no true way of knowing which cell phone it was! Aside from completely ruining the moment, it scares the crap out of both parties.

2. A woman is hugging all of her friends in order, but you two don’t know each other and you wonder if she’s going to skip you. Some people really like to hug others. . so at the end of a party or a dinner or something when everyone is saying goodbye, they decide to go around and give hugs to friends.. and strangers? Sure, what’s wrong with that?

3. Leaning in the same direction during the approach. Wow, that one can get pretty bad. This is serious guys, picture this: your arms are extended, you two are leaning in.. but your head and your hug buddy’s heads are leaning to your right –at the same time. And slowly approaching each other. Its a hug, not a kiss, yo! Don’t be afraid to go cheek to cheek on this, just accept the love.

4. When you don’t know when to hug. This happens mostly when people are saying goodbye.. you want to give them a hug, but you don’t know when to do it. Usually someone breaks the awkwardness barrier by actually asking for the hug. Pheew!

5. Not being able to get a good position. Or good “form”. Like the side hugs, or those long distance hugs in which the arms aren’t bent at the elbow and the neck is super stretched chicken-status toward each other. And how about when your arm gets caught between you two? Yes, it happens!



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  1. Dude its your 100th one……. I am not the hugging type so I experience all sorts of awkward hugs 🙂

    November 17, 2011
  2. I am a hugger. So I get awkward hugs all the time! The worst are the ones where you don’t really know the person but you go in for the hug anyway and then… you lean in the same direction. So you are not just hugging someone you don’t know, you are also standing cheeck-to-cheeck with the stranger. Double the awkwardness.

    November 17, 2011
  3. You’re so right. Hugs should be comfortable and comforting. Awkward hugs are, well, awkward. I try to “break” an awkward hug by tapping or patting the person’s back. Double the awkwardness when they don’t get the signal and keep hanging on! 😐

    November 17, 2011
  4. Hugs for your 100! 🙂 True, hugs can get oh-so-awkward sometimes! Some don’t get the awkwardness though! Worse when they just cling on! Nice read, as always 🙂

    November 19, 2011
  5. Hahaha! This is really funny. People always comment on how I don’t really like being hugged and its because of these reasons; they can be awkward! My less favourite “awkward” hug is when someone is saying goodbye to you but they’re in a hurry. Eg) My friend was saying goodbye to me but he had to get his train so he was kinda hugging and walking away at the same time.


    December 7, 2011
  6. thelightinbetween #

    Haha this is great! The worst is when you think they’re going to give you a hug, so you hold out your arms… and then they don’t hug you. Awkward!

    December 15, 2011
  7. Kiara #

    I once had this interview with Target I think and I was so nervous but the interviewer was kind of chill. Well I think the reason I did not get the job was because I was saying goodbye and instead of a handshake (like stupid me should have done) I hugged my interviewer…

    March 3, 2013
    • HAHAHAHA. You must be very friendly 🙂

      March 3, 2013

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