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Nothing divides couples, friends and family like a gross viral video. Take for example the work of Dr Pimple Popper, the dermatologist with over 60,000 Youtube subscribers who’s videos have half the office hooked – and the other half absolutely repulsed.
It’s no secret that I’m not totally adverse to a pimple pop or two, but the latest video doing the rounds of an ear wax extraction even had me watching like this:
In the video, which has so far had over seven million views, a poor man is seen having a fair chunk of wax pulled out of his ear by someone I hope is more qualified than just a friend with a pair of tweezers (but I doubt it). (Post continues after video.)
As he grimaces in pain, she says "Ooh, it's coming! You're doing so good."
Then, just as you're getting used to the video and tell yourself, "Hey, this isn't so bad", a huge lump of earwax the size of a large insect is pulled out his ear. GAG.
But even though it made me feel slightly sick, I couldn't look away. There was even a sense of satisfaction once it was finished. And surprisingly, there's a scientific reason for it.
According to Daniel Kelly, author of the book Yuck!: The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust, repulsion is a feeling that evolved with the need for humans to keep themselves safe from the dangers of infection or contagious diseases. (Post continues after gallery.)
"It's a psychological component to this arsenal of protective weaponry," he said in an interview with Salon.
"Instead of waiting until something gets into our system that we have to fight to push out, disgust helps us to stay away from objects and people that are likely to get us sick."