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Why Do We Want Squeeze Things We Find Cute?

Feb 18 ,2021
Rez One Team

In today’s blog we are going to talk about a random Corgi. So, after seeing a Corgi while walking the other day, my first response to my friend was ‘Ugh so cute, I want to poke it’. I am sure this happens to many of us. May it be puppies or babies. 

Scientists have term for my urge to poke the Corgi and it is known as *drum roll* Cute aggression. An oxymoron, just like Trump Care. 

Any who, what is Cute Aggression? It is superficially aggressive behaviour caused by seeing something cute, such as a human baby or young animal. Now the sUpErFicIaLly aGgReSsIvE behaviour may include gritting my teeth, clenching my fists, or feel the urge to bite, pinch and squeeze, while not actually causing or intending to cause any harm. Obviously, what kind of a monster would intend to harm a Corgi. 


Now, if I found the Corgi cute, what are the chances my friend did too? Researchers say human brains can become overwhelmed by cute traits, such as large eyes and small noses. But the intensity of the cute depends from person to person. Think of it in this way, the Cute Aggression works more as a psychological tick. 


An assistant professor at UC Riverside by the name of Katherine Stavropoulos, went out of her way to give me a scientific study based on my brain map as to why I wanted to poke the Corgi. Professors, I swear. So, she recorded the electrical activity in the brains of 54 young adults as they looked at images of cute animals. Here is the logic behind it: you see something cute. Your brain rewards you at a pumped-up level where your feel extremely overwhelmed. You act in the opposite manner of that emotion to bring yourself at a level where you create a balance which in turn leaves you in a more responsible place to take care of a small animal or child. Interesting right? Human Brains.


But the question remains, how can I judge if I am calm enough that I will only poke the Corgi and not harm the cute guy in anyway. Well, there is only one way to know. Please look at the picture below, and analyze how you feel, you know just to be sure. 





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