Why do we enjoy pictures of hail damage?

It lets us safely give into our darker impulses, he said.

KUSA - Why do we enjoy looking at hail damage? What drives us to enjoy the weather’s carnage?

(And don’t tell us you haven’t looked at the recent hail damage, we have web statistics that say otherwise.)

Next turned to 9NEWS' resident psychologist Dr. Max to explain.

“Part of what makes us human is that we have a morbid sense of curiosity,” he said. “We all know we’re going to die some day, that we can go to those dark places in our minds. So we like to see destruction like that.”

Looking at a slideshow is a safe way to explore that dark impulse, instead of having to deal with such destruction happening to you, he said.

It’s also a toned-down version of horrible scenes we might not enjoy so much, he said. Destroyed cars are less disgusting and dangerous that way.

So yes, no one is judging you for looking at hail damage. So supportive are we, that we’ll direct you to our gallery.

And our other Dr. Max segments:

The idea to brainstorm for new ideas could be a bad idea

Why does good music give you the chills?

Can a messy person ever stop being messy?

Can you get through this video of yawning?

Science says watching sad movies increases your pain threshold

What does your walk say about you?

Are you the jerk at your family's dinner?

Science says guys with beards are more attractive

Pokemon Go shuts down part of your brain

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