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hopscotchy's avatar

What is the clinical term for wanting to squeeze the life out of cute living things?

Asked by hopscotchy (552points) June 28th, 2009
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Tink's avatar

I don’t know the name for it but, I feel that way about snakes, they are so adorable :)

Judi's avatar


augustlan's avatar

I’m hoping that wanting to ‘squeeze the life out of’ is similar to the feeling of wanting to ‘eat you up’ because you’re so cute. Not literally. Right?

TheWatcher's avatar

Mentally disfunctional? A mild form of schizoprenia, or mental aggression.

juwhite1's avatar

Sociopath, psychopath, and a plethora of other personality disorders, like Munchhausen by proxy.

lillycoyote's avatar

Here’s a New York Times article on cuteness that might give you some insight. I don’t know if there’s really a word for it except kawaii, in Japanese, but it’s a little insight, as I said.

ragingloli's avatar


that is assuming that the OP means “really tightly hugging”

Tink's avatar

^ Phew thank you

aprilsimnel's avatar

Ooh! A little bunny rabbit! I will kiss him and hug him and call him George!

-The Abominable Snowman

lillycoyote's avatar

Just don’t let Lennie play with the puppy.

hungryhungryhortence's avatar

Or girls with soft shiny tresses.

TheWatchers's avatar

You read the book? Of mice and men?

lillycoyote's avatar

@TheWatchers Are you talking to me? Yes, of course, I read the book. Or maybe you’re talking to @hungryhungryhortence, she seems to have read Of Mice and Men too.

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lillycoyote's avatar

@TheWatchers Yeah, like I couldn’t figure out you were TheWatcher! LOL.

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Tink's avatar

@TheWatchers Dude, are you and @TheWatcher like the same person?

Tink's avatar

Thanks augustlan

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lillycoyote's avatar

Boy, at this point, if Watcher is feeling persecuted I don’t blame him/her. Lighten up, kids.

Watcher's avatar

Like I said I’ll stop my wiseguy comments. But no one is perfect.

augustlan's avatar

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Saturated_Brain's avatar

(Let’s all just get back to the question shall we? This is getting irritating)

Anyway, perhaps it’s something to do with a parenting instinct? It’s like we project helplessness and smallness upon these small cute creatures and so have this urge to protect them. And how do we do this? By keeping us, the big good guys around them. And how do we do that? Well.. By hugging them and protecting them from the big bad ol world out there. Of course, we could just kill them in the process.

But as to why we feel that certain animals are cute… Now that’s something else entirely….

Watcher's avatar

Too much love can kill you know?

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Jeruba's avatar

<Yawn> Juveniles.

Milladyret's avatar

That depends…
Do you WANT to, do you NEED to, do you feel an URGE to, or is a voice in your head telling you that you HAVE to?
Different diagnosis on all of them…

kevbo's avatar

How sad is it that I remember this question was asked almost one year ago.

marinelife's avatar

Serial killer?

@kevbo Too much Fluthering! Great searching, though.

hopscotchy's avatar

@kevbo thanks, that gets me closer than anything else.

sanari's avatar


Elmyra is quite young and obsessed with animals and cute things (which is probably why she works as a nurse at Acme Looniversity), even chasing after animals whom she knows are her classmates at Acme Looniversity, obliviously causing great discomfort or serious injury to potential pets from her overenthusiastic affection and complete lack of even the most rudimentary knowledge of pet care. In this she is reminiscent of the aforementioned Suzie, or even Hugo the Abominable Snowman (who, in turn, is influenced by Lenny from Of Mice and Men). This is in contrast to Elmer’s well-armed actual intent to violence, although she is dismissed by Buster and Babs Bunny in the pilot as extremely lame for a ‘villain’. The two share a distinct similarity in that both hunt animals; while Elmer hunts them for sport, Elmyra hunts them to love and baby them to death (sometimes literally)—often even diapering the animals (such as Plucky in the episode Pollution Solution). She does not really mean to mistreat her pets, she simply doesn’t understand the negative effects of her behavior. Curiously, at least once, Elmyra was shown to be bald like her inspiration, and wearing a wig (although whether or not she is really bald or if this is simply cartoon humor at its most absurd is up for debate. However, she IS shown to be bald in Babs’ Big Break on the Game Boy, after completing the bike segment).
This danger is balanced by her complete and utter gullibility. Her abject stupidity is pocked with occasional instances of cleverness, and her character is toned down as needed. Buster Bunny and Babs Bunny explain in the series’ pilot that Elmyra is a pushover — unlike Montana Max — but that they needed nominal “villains” to pitch their series. This is a nod to the original Looney Tunes, in which Yosemite Sam (the basis for Montana Max) was created due to the fact that Elmer Fudd was seen as too easy and mild-mannered to be an effective enemy for Bugs Bunny.

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