Cuteness overload là gì

(Photo courtesy Fiona Wu)

I never considered myself an impulsive sầu person. Still, at Nashville’s Great Golden Gathering, when I saw a Golden Retriever dressed as a pumpkin, my first thought was khổng lồ pinch it’s chubby cheeks as hard as I could. The way its tail wagged, the way its fluffy ears moved & the way it played dead on the ground for a belly rub just screamed at me to lớn squeeze the dog. 

Please rest assured that I had no intention khổng lồ harm the dog. Neither does the woman who says she wants to lớn pinch the adorable baby, or the child who has the sudden urge to lớn squeeze his new kitten tightly. Often, we feel this weird urge khổng lồ perform aggressive sầu behavior when presented with something we consider dễ thương, contradicted to what’s expected, such as hugging or cooing. The psychological phenomenon is called xinh đẹp aggression, và approximately 50 percent of people experience it.quý khách hàng đã xem: Cuteness overload là gì

Oriana Aragón & Rebecca Dyer, the researchers who coined the term “xinh đẹp aggression” were the first khổng lồ investigate the science behind it. In their experiment, they found that when shown pictures of adorable dogs, people were more likely to have an impulse of wanting to squeeze it. They also felt the urge lớn verbally express feeling overwhelmed at the cuteness of the dog.


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The researchers also gave people bubble wrap lớn pop, và the group presented with dễ thương pictures popped a lot more bubbles than the group shown with neutral images. 

The scientists discovered that there are two main reasons behind this paradoxical behavior. 

Before I jump into lớn the second hypothesis, let’s introduce some of cute aggression’s cthua thảm cousins in our college lives that might help explain this phenomenon. Cute aggression is not the only social situation when people show expressions that are contradictory lớn what was expected. You might find yourself crying at your graduation ceremony even when you’re happy. At a concert, you might scream as if you saw a spider when the singer comes on stage. When the Commodores (finally) score in a football game, you might clench your fist so hard people think you’re mad instead of pumped. 

In these scenarquả táo, we often experience intense positive sầu emotions, and our bodies express opposing behaviors to ensure we aren’t overwhelmed. This explanation was later confirmed when Katherine Starvroulos investigated the brain’s activity behind dễ thương aggression. Her team found that there is a positive sầu correlation between activity in one’s emotional system for feeling overwhelmed when one is experiencing dễ thương aggression. 

Next time when your aunt pinches your cheeks at the family gathering, you’ll know that she’s doing it out of care. In the end, evolution kept cute aggression as a trait to promote care among us all.