touchy-feely
adjective Date: 1968 characterized by or encouraging interpersonal touching especially in the free expression of emotions <
touchy-feely therapy
>
; also openly or excessively emotional and personal <
gets all touchy-feely with his adoring fans
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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