Recently in Mature Topics, there was a discussion of a survey of the online ABDL community by researchers. They tried to analyze ABDLs from a variety of different angles, including trying to figure out why we do what we do. And there was one quote from the paper that really stood out to me:
So basically, the author (who isn't ABDL, as far as I know), is stating that one popular explanation for why we do our baby thing might be wrong. Many of us explain that being an AB is something that helps us cope with stress, or escape maturity for a while. But according to this study, a lot of ABDLs play baby not so much for the relaxation, but as a means of self-expression and getting to show who we are in a new way.There were few significant correlations between mood states and ABDL behavior. Thus, there was little support for the idea that ABDL behavior may function to reduce negative mood states. If negative mood states were ever associated with ABDL behavior, that relationship may have disappeared over time due to an evolving meaning or function of ABDL behavior. For example, ABDL behavior may have shifted from a coping mechanism for negative mood states to an expression of one’s identity or a recreational activity. Alternatively, ABDL behavior may have never been a coping mechanism for negative mood states by most persons in the ABDL online community.
And you know, I agree, at least partially. Going little does help me relax, absolutely. But I've found, more and more, that my little side is really just an extension of my whole personality. It's the parts I'm not allowed to show in public, manifesting themselves in a safe identity. In my case, I've always had trouble expression emotions, due to being bullied for this as a child. I cry maybe once a year. But in my LG mode, it's safe to be distraught and upset, and even to break down crying over little things. It's very freeing. It's not just stress relief, but an extension of who I am.
I wanted to open this up for discussion to all of you. Is going little more about relaxing and escapism for you? Or is it really just part of your identity, expressed in an unusual way?
I can't wait to see what people think!