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What makes us want to look at things that disturb us?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (26834points) June 4th, 2010

Whatever that is called.. a train wreck or car wreck scenario. What is it REALLY that makes us so unable to turn away from things that we find truly disgusting or disturbing?

(I just spent 2 hours reading the pedophilia thread.)

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OpryLeigh's avatar

I don’t know what it is but I am glad I am not the only one who does this from time to time.

BoBo1946's avatar

Think we visualize our own fate by looking at a wreck etc.! I’ve come so close to “pushing up daisy” and when i see someone that has died in a wreck etc. i just reminisce my own demise! Several years ago, just carried the kids home from church, and was speeding to a late tee time at the golf course…went right through a train crossing! Looked to my left and the train was approx. 6 feet from me! Just stopped the car and just sit there and cold sweat popped out all over me! Was less than two miles from my home! That made me really aware of being cautious close to home.

Seek's avatar

Because the adrenaline rush is awesome.

Trillian's avatar

I turn my head away out of courtesy and respect unless I’m a first on scene in which case I get out and triage then render aid until EMS arrives.
Many years ago I was with a group of people and someone called and said that there was an accident with “brains on the road”. I went with them and the brother of the victim was still at the scene. He was screaming hysterically at the cars going by. Apparently he was a part of this group and all the drivers-by were “friends” of his. He knew the people and possibly had been part of what they were doing before that night, but now it was his brother dead, and he had a different attitude about it. I never forgot how the look on his face made me feel, and I’ve never looked at a wreck scene as a matter of idle curiosity since.
This is a person or persons with people who care about them and their blood is not smeared across the road for my amusement or entertainment. Idle curiosity is disrespectful to the injured parties. IMO.

mattbrowne's avatar

The genetic programs of our brains put the focus on two forms of sensory input in particular

1) Important stuff

2) New stuff

Most of the other sensory input is handled by our autopilot.

It’s almost impossible for our brains to not look at a car wreck.

BoBo1946's avatar

@mattbrowne now, that is what i’m talking about…must be a real burden to have that big brain of your’s! loll can i borrow just “small bit”..not much, just a little! loll

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@mattbrowne wow, that was pretty much the exact answer I was looking for. Thanks :)

BoBo1946's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie actually, send Matt that comment…really! He gets all his stuff from me! lmao….......and you said, “yeah right!”

poofandmook's avatar

are we just talking about stuff like wrecks? Because I know in a thread a while ago I asked about disturbing movies, and I know a few of us added a bunch of them to our Netflix queues. I couldn’t even tell you why I love watching disturbing movies… but it worries my grandmother a little lol

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@poofandmook not at all. I mean anything we find disturbing or unsettling. In fact, I wrote this because I was reading a thread on fluther for literally hours despite the fact that it made me feel physically ill to read it.

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