Why does being slapped across the face feel so much more humiliating than being hit anywhere else?

Why is this something that crosses cultural boundaries? In some places parents/teachers are more likely to slap children in the face, but why is it so humiliating it even gets an idiom named after it?

Is it something about the face specifically that causes insult? My best friend slapped me in the face yesterday during a heated argument and honestly it felt worse, emotionally, than when I got properly roughed up in a fight.

1 Answer

  • Jerry
    Lv 6
    4 weeks ago
    Best answer

    Touching someone's face infringes on personal boundaries and personal space in a way that touching a shoulder, touching a back, does not. 

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