Social Sciences

Why Affectionate Teasing Is Nicer Than It Seems

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When you're upset that the food delivery guy didn't give you any hot sauce, your friends probably joke about the oh-so-terrible tragedy that has befallen you. Why? To give you some perspective—your situation isn't that bad, so you should probably lighten up. (Just like when you're using too many stuffy scientific terms in a conversation and your Curiosity colleague jokes that you are definitely not a robot, she's doing it to make you a bit more personable. We think.) While it might seem like simple fun on the surface, affectionate teasing has more benefits than you might realize. Hear about them in the video below.

The Importance Of Affectionate Teasing

It lets your better nature out from where it's hiding.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Yale psychologists coined the term "cute aggression" for the feeling of wanting to pinch a cute cheek, squeeze a puppy, or hug until it hurts. 00:43

  2. Cute aggression doesn't mean you literally want to hurt something that's cute. 04:42

  3. Humans exhibit positive emotions in negative ways all the time, such as being so happy you cry. 04:58

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Human emotions make no sense. (Ok, we hear the robot thing now.)

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