Original Paper

Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 179-192

First online:

Touch, Compliance, and Homophobia

  • Dariusz DolinskiAffiliated withWroclaw Faculty, Warsaw School of Social Sciences and Humanities Email author 

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As has already been indicated in numerous studies, touching or holding someone by the arm while asking for something increases our chances of having our request fulfilled. However, the three experiments presented in this article which were conducted in Poland, indicate that in the conditions when a man requests something from another man, touch actually negatively affects the chances for request fulfillment. This effect seems to be linked to the strong male homophobia characteristic of the society within which the experiments were carried out.


Compliance Social influence Nonverbal behavior Touch Homophobia