Why Do Some People Like Smelling Their Socks?

Have you ever wondered why you secretly smell your clothes and smelly stuff? Or why some people do that?

Turns out you are not the only one – it’s actually quite common, and a lot of people do this. It is, in fact, such a well-known phenomenon that psychologists have a name for it – benign masochism.

Why do people like smelling smelly things?

According to psychologists, a lot of people like smelling smelly clothes, socks etc because of the rush they get from it.

The thrill of smelling something a bit nasty, for them, is a lot like the adrenaline rush people get from riding rollercoasters or doing bungee jumping.

The prospect of smelling something a bit nasty is thrilling because even though we know it will smell a bit, we also know that the smell won’t be overwhelming or harmful. So it’s like trying something a bit off-putting or even unpleasant, but without any real risk.

What does this mean for you?

If you are one of these people, don’t worry – there is absolutely nothing wrong with you.

It’s just how your brain works.

Last words

All of us have different hobbies and interests, some of which are different from others. It’s the differences that make us so interesting 🙂

How about you – do you know anyone who likes smelling smelly things?

Let us know in the comments what you think and if you have any additional notes on this.

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