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Posted 6/18/15
Okay I did look around to see if this already existed and didn't notice any other forum topics. However if I overlooked something then please let me know.

Why are we morbidly curious?

Is it just me or does it seem like people are fascinated with things like death, disasters, criminals, the supernatural, etc? It always seems like when one sees an accident the first thing that goes through their mind isn't "I hope they are okay.", but "I wonder what happened."Then with criminals we always want to know what makes them tick and we find them far more interesting than any celebrity or politician. With news stories the most popular ones always are the ones that involve someone dying. In regards to the supernatural whether we believe it or not we appear to be drawn to the idea of the unknown. People attempt certain rituals to see if whatever creature they summon will attack them. People will visit haunted houses to see if they can catch a glimpse of a ghost. Why is that? Why are we so fascinated by these things?

Bonus: How morbidly curious would you say you are?
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Probably because in many places of the world some of this is considered "taboo" or "not normal" to people. That can create a certain appeal to some people.

I don't find anything more or less curious about this stuff over other things. I'm just curious by nature.
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Im morbidly curious to hang around /x/ alot.
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We don't like NOT knowing things.
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oh i was definitely skinning animals as a kid, everyone's done that at one point during their childhood...
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In the case of criminals, I think people want to know what would make someone do something like whatever they did. Was it their home life? School? Some kind of heath problem? That requires getting into all the details, both mundane and morbid.

Accidents, well, that one I can't really explain. I never saw the appeal to trying to get too close to things like that.

I'm curious to a point, but if I start running into bodies, nah, we're done.
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We are naturally curious, and morbid curiosity, in my opinion, is also a part of our paranoia/anxiety. Or something like that?
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I don't have a morbid curiosity for death and traumatic injuries. I've already seen more than my share.
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I have a thing for death rituals.
I think it's so facinating how people treat their dead.
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I think I might die of curiosity but other times, I just have no shit to give
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As humans we're curious anyhow.
With morbid curiosity like you said being fascinated with death, disasters, criminals, the supernatural, isn't that curiosity mixed with fear? I mean most people are scared of death or the unknown but also intrigued by it.
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My screen name probably says it all. I earned that nickname in 7th grade and it sort of stuck. I've liked creepy crawlies and dangerous creatures ever since before I could walk well. I learned to handle snakes and insects and other animals on my own, and I am as good as any expert I've personally met. And I've been stung/bitten only once, unlike most of them. I can actually catch bees with chopsticks. Horror is the best genre for anything and everything.

Most of my peers were grossed out about dissections and such. I was doing it for them and thoroughly enjoying myself. Some were just turned aside by the smell.....duh, just breathe through your mouth! Some people were fine with limbs and eyes and organs, but uncomfortable with dealing with entire bodies or heads. More for me! A dull scalpel bugs me far more than the sight of death. I've made mummies, too. Animal ones, of course. There's something thrilling about the dissection since each specimen that you pick open is unique and the experience is never the same. Now, I'm considering an associate's degree in mortuary science so I can become a mortician or an embalmer if my JD doesn't work out.

I guess what motivates me is when people seem to fear something for what I perceive to be a bad reason or not a real reason. It makes me wonder why. It makes me try to find out. Some people think I'm cool but weird. Maybe I am. I have my own reasons to be liking stuff like this but, still, if you aren't considered normal, you're weird and that's how it is. But I like weird people. It's the seemingly-harmless normal people that you have to watch out for.

To be clear, the stupid emo/goth phase pseudo-fascination with death is stupid to me. Wearing black and merely talking about it all the time is stupid. True interests run deeper.
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I don't know, may be because we are curious and fear what we don't know.

Personally, I don't think I'm very morbidly curious though.
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I love death, it makes me feel alive.
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