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    http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...res-aggression

    Whether we are pinching the cheeks of an adorable toddler or enveloping a beloved pet in a bear hug, most of us have experienced the strange drive to give something cute a gigantic squeeze. New research by two Yale University psychologists details how the sight of something cute brings out our aggressive side. Rebecca Dyer and Oriana Aragon investigated “cute aggression” by showing study participants slide shows of either cute, funny or normal animal photographs. As they watched, the participants held bubble wrap. The researchers, attempting to mimic the common desire to squeeze cute things, told subjects to pop as many or as few bubbles as they wished. People watching the cute slide show popped significantly more bubbles than those viewing the funny or control pictures, according to results presented at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology annual meeting in New Orleans. “Some things are so cute that we just can't stand it,” Dyer concludes.

    Cute aggression's prevalence does not mean that people actually want to harm cuddly critters, Aragon explains. Rather the response could be protective, or it could be the brain's way of tamping down or venting extreme feelings of giddiness and happiness. The scientists are currently conducting additional studies to determine what drives the need to squeeze.

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    My cat Chloe is so cute and fluffy that you just want to squeeze her. Unfortunately, if you do this you'll be met with a paw full of claws.
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    betas should be kept in zoos for children to stare and throw pop corn at.

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    lol yeah popping bubble wrap.

    it seems intuitively true though, like u see a cute little puppy and u just wanna squash it and put it in ur pocket SQUISH MINE ALSFDJKA;FLKJAS.

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    I wanna measure ashton's bubblewrap popping rate when he goes on the forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfckr View Post
    Seeing cute things evokes phenomenological states of anticipation, not aggression. There's nothing intuitive in what this goofy research is postulating.
    what do you anticipate when you see a cute kitty? you anticipate squeezing it. duh.

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    i was being tongue in cheek ^_^

    i don't wanna hurt a lil kitty. i just wanna hug it so hard it poops

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfckr View Post
    Cute.
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    When I see a nice butt, I have the urge to squeeze it as well.
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    betas should be kept in zoos for children to stare and throw pop corn at.

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    Preferably not...
    Quote Originally Posted by jxrtes View Post
    betas should be kept in zoos for children to stare and throw pop corn at.

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    I think the research method and conclusion is suspect. But what if it did? I could see two explanations: First, cute things/actions/people could invoke our protective instinct since cute things remind us of babies and children. Second, the cuteness could be a turn on for more aggressive personalities.

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    That test almost seems sarcastic. Like by showing people cute things and they popped the bubble wrap, it was like to me they were just being ironic 14-year-old str8 boy ish 'yeah man let's kick the puppy/kitten' or whatever. They didn't necessarily want to hug it to death or be rude/aggressive to the cute thing. It almost sounds like to me the researchers were getting trolled?

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    The conclusion is that considering that cute things resemble babies, and we want to be near babies because otherwise they are a waste of resources in the short term. The cuteness gives us a reason to care for the babies outside of a pragmatic desire to raise a future generation for the workforce. Considering that cuteness is linked to child rearing it should come to no surprise that we would want to control the things that are cute. It's why a whole line or perverse fetishes have came from the wood work revolving cute things, is because most biological imperatives can naturally lead toward more fuck up things as far as culture dictates is fucked up or not. It could be a reason why pedophilia exists.
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    This study is a bit 'out there' and misinforming as well. Cuteness doesn't really inspire aggression, as in, kittens and puppy dogs bubble wrap connection. There is none. Opposite is more likely - cuteness actually inspires caregiverish behaviour and I would go with that myself.

    Caring about your cute and tiny child versus "squashing it" - No way it is that way.

    Think about it getting an abortion, lungs. Unless the more the squeeze, the more aggressive than caregiver it is. No need for abortions then - legalise murder. In other words, it is all about infantiles.

    Quote Originally Posted by StVual View Post
    The conclusion is that considering that cute things resemble babies, and we want to be near babies because otherwise they are a waste of resources in the short term.
    ?

    is because most biological imperatives can naturally lead toward more fuck up things as far as culture dictates is fucked up or not. It could be a reason why pedophilia exists.
    Yes, because.

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    Anyone else remember Elmira from Tiny Tunes?



    "I wanna hug you and squeeze you into little bitty pieces"
    Quote Originally Posted by jxrtes View Post
    betas should be kept in zoos for children to stare and throw pop corn at.

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    I believe this video will give out some clarity. I just forgot to give the link to it. Now my conclusion won't seem so crazy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireyed View Post
    Anyone else remember Elmira from Tiny Tunes?

    "I wanna hug you and squeeze you into little bitty pieces"
     

    Elmira is one of my inspirations regarding the keeping and caring of a bdsm pet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StVual View Post
    It could be a reason why pedophilia exists.
    Off-topic, but the idea of "kawaii-ero" in Japanese lolicon is interesting to me. It might be a form of exaggerated hebephilia (which is biologically less strange than pedophilia), especially if socially cute behaviours continue partway into puberty. Male sexuality in a culture generally seems to evolve toward extremes over time.

    Of course, that's both a tenuous link, and doesn't work outside of Japan.

    Having a minority fetish myself, I think individually, men can attach their sexuality to all sorts of arbitrary things to the point where they become innately arousing. Hence "fetish", an object of power.

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