If you are a pet owner, there is a very good chance that you have spent a great deal of time conversing with your animal. For instance, when leaving home do you tell pets where you are going and then give them a return time?
Some onlookers may give that “are you crazy?” stare at this behavior. To your defense, it is now scientifically proven that people who talk to dogs are smarter than those who don’t!
You don’t have to talk to your pets like they are humans and be called ‘weird’ anymore! You’re the one who has higher intelligence and not a crack- head!
A study was conducted that focused on the act of attributing human personality to things that aren’t human. This is known as anthropomorphizing. According to the study talking to our pets is absolutely natural. Human beings are natural anthropomorphizers, meaning we naturally tend to ascribe all kinds of thoughts and meanings to other things in our lives.
A perfect example of this can be the fact that scientists almost regularly name hurricanes after names of humans.
This condition applies to any age. It doesn’t matter if your 8 or 80 years old, you are still in the intelligent population!
It is common for us to give our pets names and to spoil them by referring to them as our ‘babies’. This is the most common type of anthropomorphism done by humans.
Performing anthropomorphism continuously is also helpful for our pets! They start learning specific words and gestures from us, which makes communication easier. So your dog recognizing your sadness or anger and empathizing with you is actually a result of anthropomorphism.
Kids do this all the time. They turn their stuffed animals into living beings and create best friends out of thin air.
The next time someone gives you ‘the look’ of confusion when you are talking to your pet, you know how to defend yourself! Go ahead and talk to your little buddy and ignore all the negative comments!