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Oct 14, 2015, 12:43 PM
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When We See Something Cute, Why Do We Want to Squeeze It?


I always wondered about this rather strange reaction.

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In a 2015 study in Psychological Science, Yale University psychologist Oriana Aragon and team found that people who have extremely positive reactions to images of cute babies also “displayed stronger aggressive expressions,” such as wanting to pinch the babies' cheeks.

Speaking of pinching, another experiment in the recent study found that participants popped more bubble wrap when they saw images of cute baby animals than those who viewed images of older animals.

"So you [may] have tears of joy, nervous laughter, or wanting to squeeze something that you think is unbearably cute"—even if it's an animal you'd normally want to cuddle or protect.

That secondary reaction may also serve to “scramble” and temper their initial overwhelming emotion, thus bringing the person into balance.

For instance, the 2015 study showed people who had such positive and negative concurrent reactions regained their emotional equilibrium more quickly.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2...ture-behavior/
Oct 14, 2015, 12:51 PM
Libertas in Infinitum
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in order to kill it. Cute doesn't belong in this world of manly men ...
Oct 14, 2015, 01:10 PM
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I can concur! Every-time I see a curvy blond with a big chest I....
Oct 14, 2015, 03:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Norman Adlam
I can concur! Every-time I see a curvy blond with a big chest I....
Thats not cute, thats downright evil!
Oct 14, 2015, 07:32 PM
It's gonna be YUGE!!!
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Originally Posted by Norman Adlam
I can concur! Every-time I see a curvy blond with a big chest I....

Is the missus aware of your salacious postings?


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