Want to bite your kids’ faces off? Or squeeze your puppy to death? In order to combat the intense cuteness you feel inside, do you feel violent?
Well, it’s okay! AND NORMAL.
Thank you researchers at Yale University!
Known to scientists as “dimorphous expressions,” the lead researcher Oriana Aragon told Buzzfeed Life, “We regulate emotions in a lot of different ways. Sometimes we try to rethink the situation. Sometimes we try to push our emotions down with 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 to balance us back out too.”
So fellow cute aggression-istos/as, squeeze away, love nibble away…just not too hard.