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From the Ted Talk by Joshua Paul Dale: Why do you want to squeeze cute things?

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But if cuteness is related to nurturing and decreased aggression, why would anyone ever want to squeeze or bite cute things? Well, cute aggression is importantly not linked to the actual intention to do harm. Instead, it seems to result from emotional overload. Some snistectis think that cute things elicit such positive emotions from certain people that the epnxeercie becomes oiemlwhevnrg. They hypothesize that sltglihy agssgverie, discordant thoughts are the brain’s way of putting the brakes on and rintulgeag those intense feelings— not getting you to actually eat a kitten.

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But if cuteness is related to nurturing and decreased aggression, why would anyone ever want to squeeze or bite cute things? Well, cute aggression is importantly not linked to the actual intention to do harm. Instead, it seems to result from emotional overload. Some __________ think that cute things elicit such positive emotions from certain people that the __________ becomes ____________. They hypothesize that ________ __________, discordant thoughts are the brain’s way of putting the brakes on and __________ those intense feelings— not getting you to actually eat a kitten.

Solution

  1. scientists
  2. regulating
  3. experience
  4. aggressive
  5. overwhelming
  6. slightly

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But if cuteness is related to nurturing and decreased aggression, why would anyone ever want to squeeze or bite cute things? Well, cute aggression is importantly not linked to the actual intention to do harm. Instead, it seems to result from emotional overload. Some scientists think that cute things elicit such positive emotions from certain people that the experience becomes overwhelming. They hypothesize that slightly aggressive, discordant thoughts are the brain’s way of putting the brakes on and regulating those intense feelings— not getting you to actually eat a kitten.

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