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Topic #1: Knismolagnia

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Knismolagnia is the sexual arousal from being tickled. Some signs of this particular Kink include: 

  • Sexual arousal gained from being tickled
  • Sexual interest in tickling
  • Recurring intense sexual urges involving tickling
  • Sexual arousal associated with tickling

Kinsmolagnia comes from the term Knismesis which according to Wikipedia is: 

Knismesis refers to the light, feather-like type of tickling. This type of tickling generally does not induce laughter and is often accompanied by an itching sensation.The knismesis phenomenon requires low levels of stimulation to sensitive parts of the body, and can be triggered by a light touch or by a light electrical current. Knismesis can also be triggered by crawling insects or parasites, prompting scratching or rubbing at the ticklish spot, thereby removing the pest.

Included in the overarching definition of Kinsmolagnia is Gargalesis which again according to Wikipedia is: 

Gargalesis refers to harder, laughter-inducing tickling, and involves the repeated application of high pressure to sensitive areas. This “heavy tickle” is often associated with play and laughter. The gargalesis type of tickle works on humans and primates, and possibly on other species. Because the nerves involved in transmitting “light” touch and itch differ from those nerves that transmit “heavy” touch, pressure and vibration, it is possible that the difference in sensations produced by the two types of tickle are due to the relative proportion of itch sensation versus touch sensation.While it is possible to trigger a knismesis response in oneself, it is usually impossible to produce gargalesthesia, the gargalesis tickle response, in oneself.

Varying forms of Kinsmolagnia can been seen in many individuals in varying degrees, from the pleasure experienced when tickled by a partner, to the sexual need to be tickled to reach orgasm. It’s important to understand that this particular kink deals with only being tickled, not light scratching, or cutting. 

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