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Psychology Today: Tickle Me, Elmo is a “surefire way to kick-start sexual fetishism”

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Psychology Today, that venerable academic publication of the mind, has released a list of ten holiday gifts that will destroy the fragile psyches of your children. Aside from Tickle Me, Elmo, there are the body-image issues that Barbie dolls will bring, the schizoid tendencies provoked by a Magic 8 Ball, and the generally depressive outlook sure to be instilled by the board game Life. 

If the list is tongue-in-cheek, it's remarkably dry — especially from a scientific publication, which are not usually renowned for their senses of humor. Intent aside, however, there's probably some truth here. One minute, he's a smiling six-year old with a Fisher-Price Medical Kit and the next a stressed and balding thirty-year old, scouring Web MD into the late hours of the night. We just grow up so fast.