Perfectionists At Work: 30 Examples You Need To See

You have probably read about the scientific reason why we want to hug or squeeze something insanely cute or adorable – to death. The condition is called cute aggression. It is a response that seemed extreme, but is necessary for the mind to cope with seeing something extremely adorable, like a cute puppy.

I believe that aside from our reaction towards cuteness, we are inclined to introduce chaos to perfection. In other words, we just can’t let perfection stay… perfect. If something is organized too neatly, we go near it, look at it then subsconsciously ruin some, small, part of the perfection, so that it becomes imperfect.

Don’t believe me? Let’s try this experiment. There are 30 examples of perfection at work shown below. When you look at every picture, do you feel this sudden urge to want to remove something from the pile, to disrupt the perfect work done there? Be honest.

Must. Move. Hangers.

Will you grab from the top or the bottom?

I’d pull the two shirts showing their eyes

Early morning aisles look like this

No brown? Or purple? Pffft

A web of cables

Purple power

Orange cable connected to the green cable

No way the kids left things like this

Well, how would you park the cars then?

That blue pigment is calling out to me

Leave the paint, I want this palette instead

What line are you wearing? Rainbow

Hypnotic cardboards

I can’t even…

How are you supposed to get them out?

It’s not 100%. Good.

This book tower will last forever because Calculus.

Book tower launches rocket… I mean, books

Someone’s ambitious

Mario 3D

How did they make the hands?

Mother of…

It’s like an igloo made from wood

Someone really likes their job here

The Studley Tool Chest *salute*

Wrenches, wrenches everywhere

It’s a world of containers

I can work with this

Boxes in every color you know and don’t know

Are those tanks?


So how did you do? Bar a few exceptions, these displays of extreme organization are just asking to be ruined, are they not? On the outside, well-organized stock displays help people find what they want to buy quickly but is that really how it works? Don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, these organized displays, like the triggers of cute aggression, activate our need to ruin a perfect display, by removing a piece off the rack, and buying it?