I'm this way as well. I want to hug them, but my SA holds me back.
Also, any time I have a fulfilling conversation with someone I then can't get them out of my mind. For weeks. I think of what it would be like being their friend, doing activities together, etc. Its because I'm so desperate for any kind of connection.
Thats all it is, not really neediness, just wanting a connection.
I'm surprised though with this being an SA forum that you would feel comfortable giving people that kind of affection. I certainly don't mind receiving it. I did hate it though for 20 years. absolutely hated it. not anymore. Its the giving that I struggle with.
We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. - Max DePree