There's A Reason You Think Things Are So Cute You Could Eat Them

December 4, 2014

You know that feeling - you're looking at a baby (puppy or kitten even) and think, "OMG you are so freaking cute right now I want to eat you!"

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Surely people don't intend actual harm to the babies with these thoughts - so why do they do it?

This phenomenon has a name. Commonly known as cute aggression, "dimorphous expressions" can be a helpful tool in controlling our emotions, according to findings by psychological scientists at Yale.

Lead researcher Oriana Aragon explained:

"We regulate emotions in a lot of different ways. Sometimes we try to rethink the situation. Sometimes we try to push our emotions down with sheer will. Sometimes we remove ourselves from the situation that is causing the emotions. And with this new discovery, we are figuring out that sometimes we respond with the opposite expression from what we feel, and that seems to help to balance us back out too."

So as it turns out, you're not crazy after all.

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Whew!

(H/T) Buzzfeed. Learn more on this research in Psychological Science.

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