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It’s a spider climbing the wall next to your bed. Someone has come to your door late at night. On the subway, the person who stands a little too near to you and for a little too long. “Hello, Barbie” with built-in WiFi and Siri-like functionality. Graveyards that have become overgrown. Clowns.
We recognize weirdness when we see it, just as the Supreme Court does for obscenity (or perhaps, more accurately, feel it). But, exactly, what is it? What causes us to get “the creeps”? Is it even useful to be creeped out?
Though the sensation has most likely existed since humans began to experience emotions, it wasn’t until the middle of the nineteenth century that some of us began to refer to this touch of the uncanny as “the creeps.” In his 1849 novel David Copperfield, Charles Dickens, who gave the English language just slightly fewer new words and idioms than Shakespeare, is attributed with the first use of the phrase to describe an uncomfortable, tingling chill up the spine. Using the word “creepy” to describe something that makes you feel uneasy took popular in the years after the novel – a Google Ngram search shows the word’s use increasing rapidly since around 1860.
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Despite its pervasiveness, the sense of being “creeped out” has received little attention from psychologists. Frank McAndrew, a psychology professor at Knox College in Illinois, is one of the few. In 2013, he and graduate student Sara Koehnke submitted a brief, admittedly preliminary study based on the results of a poll of over 1,300 people titled “What is creepy?” And, as it turns out, the term “creepy” isn’t all that difficult. Also, you must try to play this Am I Creepy quiz.
In addition to these factors, it is claimed that creepy persons lack awareness of their own creepiness. In fact, 59.4 percent said that creepy people are unaware of their creepiness, and the majority believed that creepy people could not modify their creepiness.
In general, the creepy traits were influenced by three main factors: They make us afraid or uncomfortable; creepiness is perceived as part of the individual’s nature rather than merely their behavior; and we suspect they have a sexual interest in us. “While they may not be overtly threatening, persons who exhibit uncommon patterns of nonverbal behavior, unusual emotional responses, or very distinctive physical attributes are outside of the norm, and hence unpredictable,” the scientists noted. “This may activate our ‘creepiness detector’ and enhance our awareness as we try to determine if there is anything to fear from the individual in question or not.” In other words, creepiness could be our reaction to not knowing whether or not we should be afraid of someone.
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But can we really know whether someone is trustworthy or likely to injure us just on a brief encounter? We make trustworthiness judgments within 39 milliseconds of seeing a face. One of my favorite, albeit small, studies on whether we can effectively identify a person by their looks comes from Stephen Porter and colleagues at Dalhousie University in Canada in a 2008 publication. Participants were asked to score the trustworthiness, compassion, and aggressiveness of 34 photographs of adult male faces. Half of the photographs were of trustworthy people, and the other half were of untrustworthy people, and the photos in both groups “matched” in terms of facial hair, emotions, and ethnicity.
The people in the images who were trustworthy had either received the Nobel Peace Prize or the Order of Canada for their dedication to humanity, peace, and society. The untrustworthy were all persons on America’s Most Wanted list, evading prosecution for exceptionally heinous crimes. The authors wrote that if a participant identified a face in the “unlikely event,” they were to notify the experimenter, but “none of the 34 targets were recognized by any participant.” It’s a pity. Perhaps we might establish a Nobel Laureate reality TV show.