I don’t know about you, but I find disgust to be a psychologically fascinating concept. As far as I know, every culture has things that they find disgusting, but what those things are vary widely. For example, in the United States, it’s considered disgusting to eat horse meat – while others in various countries have no problem with it. On the other hand, I’ve heard that many people who visit the US think that the hotels aren’t clean enough (I agree!), while they’re able to stay in business catering mostly to Americans.
I suppose we have all evolved to have a disgust trigger to keep us safe and healthy. After all, we all find rotting food and grotesque disease to be stomach turning. It’s our body’s way of telling us to avoid the danger we’ve noticed. I think that’s why disgust increases during pregnancy. And while what we’re disgusted by can vary culturally, it can also vary individually as well. We all have a particular “disgust sensitivity,” and some interesting new studies are showing that our disgust levels can correlate with interesting characteristics – like conservatism and neuroticism.
When developing my How Gross Are You? test, I tried to pick things that were disgusting in my culture, especially things that people rarely talk about. A lot of friends have told me that this is their favorite Blogthings quiz, because it is so taboo breaking. Do you agree? Do you have the stomach to even take it? I have to admit that I’m a high disgust person, and even rereading the quiz grosses me out a little 😉 (I’ll also freely admit that I DO kiss my dog on the mouth.)
Take How Gross Are You? and let me know what you get. Or don’t! I know this sort of result can be a bit personal. Maybe you could let me know what sort of thing you don’t find disgusting that other people do.