Perhaps I'm unique... but I don't think so.
If you tell me that something is sharp, hot, fragile, dangerous, about to fall apart, poisonous, mean, sticky, high voltage, deep, unstable, rabid or feral, I tend to pay attention. And once I've weighed the danger, I then avoid it like the plague. I certainly don't feel the need to touch it, pat it, poke it, chase it or feed it to prove the danger theory wrong.
Perhaps I'm strange... but I don't think so.
When I'm going to get a glass of water, I go to the cabinet and get a glass, which I then fill with water and drink. I do not absent-mindedly open and close the cabinet next to the glasses thirty two times while I pick my favorite glass, which I will then juggle another seventeen times during the slide around the kitchen to the water source. If said glass happens to fall to the floor, I would never think of playing four rounds of kitchen soccer to see if I could make a goal between the island and the kitchen table with the glass. (This would be even more unlikely for me if it really was glass, and not a plastic cup of some sort).
Perhaps I always see the worst case scenario... but I don't think so.
If my mother brought to my attention the fact that the lone surviving power source for her laptop was hanging by a thread, I would listen. And if, per chance, I had been directly (or even indirectly) responsible for the death of those previously lost power sources (that have to be ordered, ironically enough, on-line), I would be especially cautious. And if, to continue this train of thought, there was fairly strong circumstantial evidence that I had the blood of the current power source on my very own hot little hands, I would steer way clear. I would certainly not stand on, jump over, play with or tug on the cord. I especially wouldn't, in a fit of forgetfulness, do any or all of those things repeatedly for such a length of time that my mother threatened to list me on eBay as her final act before the computer died.
Perhaps I don't know what I'm talking about...but I don't think so.