When I come home from school every day, my dog greets me at the door with a big slobbery smile and wiggly-waggly tail. This is usually one of my favorite parts of the day! I’ll set my stuff down and cuddle with her on the couch and watch television for a little bit. I love her so much I just want to squish her face! My question is, why? Squishing our pets wouldn’t do either parties good- the pet would get hurt, and we would feel bad! Well, according to this study, the cuter the animal the stronger response to the aggression. When we see something cute, our first reaction is to give the animal all our love, as much as we possibly can without hurting it, leaving us with pent-up aggression.Therefore, we get frustrated and say, “you’re so cute I want to squish you!”, or, “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!”. It was found that reactions like these are even stronger when shown pictures of cute animals because we can’t actually have it in our arms.
“It’s so fluffly I’m gonna die!” by Mae is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.