Definition: Amae (Japanese)

Amae

[ pronounced aMAI ]

Japanese for a feeling of pleasure when you are temporarily hand over the safety of your life to someone else.

  • From the TEDTalk below (at about 11:25), by Tiffany Watt Smith, which includes a bunch of emotions where there are no words in English, but which you may well have experienced, but never had one single word to describe them! Or which you may go out and try to see if you can conjure up the feeling from hints in its definition for where and/or under what conditions one might experience it.

 

You would need to really trust someone to do this, but it’s quite possible for many.