Why this blog post?
Many people love to listen to a human beating heart. It’s such a relaxing place to be; the sound calms us, exhilarates us, makes us feel alive and connected with each other.
Most people have fetishes. A thing for breasts, leather, shoes, feet, etc. They know it about themselves or they still have to detect it. This particular interest, which focusses on the human heart and the sound it makes, should be considered as one of the most romantic / cutest fetishes one can have. When people talk about love, they talk about hearts and vice versa. But where does it come from?
Cardiophile vs Cardiofetish
People with a specific interest in the human beating heart are generally called “cardiophiles”. Cardiophilia can be considered as an all-around appreciation of the heart. From that perspective, cardiologists or professional people working with human hearts could also be considered as cardiophiles.
Cardio fetishism however is not exactly the same as Cardiophilia since fetishes focus on nonliving objects or non-genital body parts. In many cases from an erotic point of view. However, empirical research such as that by Dr Chris Gosselin and Dr Glenn Wilson showed that some “fetishists” report that practicing their fetish is relaxing rather than arousing.
Partialism vs object fetish
When looking at the interest for body parts such as the human heart, we can identify two different kinds of fetishes where the first one is called partialism. Partialism is an erotic interest with an exclusive focus on a specific part of the body other than the genitals. Examples are for instance human feet, breasts, hair, heart, etc.). The second type of fetishes are so called “object fetishes” that relate to non-body parts (objects). Here we have examples such as headwear, leather or in this particular case: stethoscopes.
Origins of the cardio fetish
People may consider partialism as a weird fact. But consider the following: most men and women know that particularly men have a huge interest in female breasts. Nobody would label these men as having a breast fetish (Mazophilia), it’s just a fact that men really like breasts because breasts are connected to fertility. But still, it is not 100% known why men are so interested in female breasts. Desmond Morris theorizes that cleavage is a sexual signal that imitates the image of the cleft between the buttocks. But personally, I don’t consider this as a powerful fact since men love breasts in all forms. At least not only when they are visualized as a cleavage.
So what about cardio fetishism? People with a heartbeat fetish are generally interested in everything that relates to the human heart. The most common interests are auscultations with stethoscopes, reactions of the heart on emotions and exercises and specials such as heart-rhythm skips, breath holds, irregular heartbeats and visible pulses on body parts.
So, why are people interested in this? Has it something to do with the fact that a fetus, during its time in mothers womb, constantly hears the reassuring sound of mothers heartbeat? Or was it initiated during childhood under other specific circumstances? The limited research on this topic showed that most people detected this fetish quite early. It is believed that is was activated by relating the body part or the object to a sexual feeling at early age.
There must also be a reason why many people, mostly men, become “trancy” when they hear the sound of repeating bases (techno, trance, house,..)? Could we assume that fans of heartbeat sounds love techno music and vice versa? We don’t know.
What we know is that this is a beautiful thing and that the world could be better place without the limitations imposed by conformist thoughts (mainly induced by religious institutions).
Interested in your thoughts. Free free to comment below. Thx