We're sitting in a comfy chair with our sock-covered feet up on a hassock, eyes closed, all relaxed and starting to doze off, and the dog walks by. Now here's the test...
• If the dog's tail lightly brushes across the tops of your toes, and you groggily open one eye just to casually take a peek, that's a 5. You’re aware, but minimally sensitive. Ticklish only when purposely tickled.
• If the dog walks by, swishing his tail, no actual contact, and you sort of notice the light breeze across your feet (remember, you have socks on), but don’t make any moves, I count that as a 4. Probably about a normal level of sensitivity.
• If he walks by, swishing his tail, and the light breeze causes you to wiggle your feet, but your eyes stay closed, that's a 3. Without socks on, you would have been much worse.
• If the light breeze makes your eyes pop open, and you look around in a “what just happened?” state of mind, that’s a 2 sensitivity. You’ve got some pretty touchy footsies.
• If that same gentle breeze sends you out of your chair, or causes you to launch the nearest reachable projectile at the poor pup, you my friend are a 1, for sure! Not just touchy, but intolerant to touch. You’re in the “tickle me and you lose fingers” club.
• What’s a –1? There’s no dog, you have shoes on, and you hesitate putting your feet up on a footstool, because it leaves them open and vulnerable. That’s me!
So, what is your tickle tolerance level?