LOS ANGELES, CA - Have you ever told a baby you were going to bite its little toes off? Or said you want to squeeze that adorable puppy until it bursts? It turns out there’s actually a scientific reason. This phenomenon has a name and a sociological purpose.
Cute aggression, or “dimorphous expressions,” can be a helpful tool in controlling your emotions according to a study by psychological scientists at Yale University.
Lead researcher Oriana Aragon explained the phenomenon. “We regulate emotions in a lot of different ways. Sometimes we try to rethink the situation. Sometimes we try to push our emotions down out of 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 balance us back out too.”
So you getting the urge to bite those baby toes is your brain’s weird way of handling cuteness because you literally can’t even. Man, humans are weird.
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