Now here's our diaper-wearing source Edward: "My level of autism (previously called Asperger's) brings visual and auditory sensitivity as well as some social difficulties. Lights and sounds that wouldn't bother anyone else can be amplified and literally feel like they're trapped in my head and bouncing around, getting louder and louder. I often fail to pick up on a person's body language or the tone they're using for whichever intent, and when I 'fail' at this, I feel horrible ... Being allowed into my 'little space' is absolutely one my favorite coping/soothing mechanisms."
James, meanwhile, endured years of speech therapy, not to mention bullying, for an impediment and delay. As a result, "I felt ostracized as a kid." But being a baby "helps me become more sociable, because it helps me not worry about how people are ... I feel at peace, I feel protected ... Best way to describe it: Imagine laying on a beach, and you're like letting the sun soak in. Lying there for hours and hearing the waves. That's almost the same feeling as being a little person."
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At least he's honest about when he pees on himself.
Sammy, meanwhile, believes that making herself vulnerable gave her the courage to come out as trans. How did playing baby make her feel? "The first time, I really felt deep into that mindset and that I could let go of things. I no longer was worrying about all the adult stuff going on, was completely in that moment. Kind of set everything in motion for me, thinking maybe I can go deeper, maybe it's OK for me to be younger." And Riley believes that "being little is a release valve for these emotions that I believe a lot of people well up."
Now, we're not scientists, but we're starting to think that where you find somebody practicing "deviant" behavior, you really find someone who developed an unusual stress release valve early in life, and stuck with it because it works.
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We're sure you do the same thing.
And this one may not even be all that unusual. There's a growing body of evidence showing that "play therapy" (playing make believe, farting around with toys, etc. under a therapist's guidance and supervision) benefits adults as well as children, for the exact reason our soggy-bottomed friends suggest: It gives them "an appropriate avenue to safely examine their thoughts, feelings, and issues." In some cities, people drop the equivalent of a decent lunch on naptime space and up to $1,000 for a month of classes at adult preschools.
They may not be pissing their pants (as far as we know), but it's definitely a thing people want, and which they insist makes them feel better. And at this stage, we're genuinely wondering what percentage of the population doesn't have a secret release valve that, if discovered, would make them a prime target for blackmail.
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