It turned out that those individuals who were touched by their partner were far more likely to feel a sense of connection. They reported feeling greater “immediacy, affection, receptivity, trust, relaxation, similarity, and informality” with their partner.
Because we unconsciously associate touch with closeness, being touched, even for a second, makes us far more attracted to the person touching us. It makes us more prone to form a connection.
What are these five accelerators? Vulnerability, proximity, resonance, similarity, and a safe place.
in terms of creating an instant connection, vulnerability and self-disclosure are, in fact, strengths. They accelerate our ability to connect with those around us.