A new study to be published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, reveals why we want to gobble up babies' chunky thighs, cute puppy noses and anything else with a high level of adorableness.
As it turns out, when you want to eat your baby’s face, or toes – or thighs – you are actually going through what is scientifically known as “dimorphous expressions.”
In other words, you are a perpetrator of cute aggression, which is a tool used in controlling our out-of-whack emotions when we’re perceiving a high level of adorbs.
So does that mean Agnes from the animated film Despicable Me was spot-on when she claimed she was going to die after being given that “fluffy” unicorn?
Apparently, she was on to something. The study sheds light on what happens when people are overwhelmed with positive emotions, and how they deal with them. It’s not that crazy that they restore the “emotional equilibrium” by making use of a negative emotion.
It’s the exact same thing that happens when people cry with tears of joy: they’re using a negative emotion to balance an overwhelmingly positive one.
Whoever rationalizes the idea of eating up a baby would be horrified. But thank god for this study by Yale University, called Dimorphous Expressions of Positive Emotion: Displays of Both Care and Aggression in Response to Cute Stimuli, for letting people know that we’re not totally cray cray for wanting to eat babies.
May you forever feel free to pull of any acts of cute aggression on adorable living things. Look – puppies!