So, there I was still pondering about how being ticklish relates to empathy, and I googled up "the ticklish empath".
The first hit of course was this thread -- a WONDERFUL read (lol) but I then found this other truly wonderful link that I don't have time to read right now, but I read enough to know I want to share it with any of you who may be interested.
It is titled the Age of Empathy Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal.
What I did have time to read is how the first time a primate or human makes the smile expression (as in a smile and not just passing gas) is when they are first tickled by mommy. Laughter becomes a path to synchrony the mapping of your own body over anothers. A social connecting to the people (or primates) around you.
So in this respect, being ticklish is related to empathy. -- So if laughter opens the door to synchrony (spell check on that -- NOT synchronicity) who knows how far it can go....especially if it's true that empaths have higher mirror neuron activity. (ever notice the tickler can laugh just as hard as the ticklee.--Mirror bouncing.)
Anyway, good stuff in this article. Just thought I'd share.
the first link will take you to the page on tickling and synchrony and this second link will take you to the first page.
I just realized I may actually own this book..in my pile of Must Read books that take up my sisters livingroom.
(or you can just scroll up to the top of the page)