People who talk to their pets are actually smarter than those who don’t

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Some of us, pet parents, wish their pets good morning and good night, assure the pets they will be back home soon, ask them if they want a walk. And sometimes, you are called “the crazy dog or cat lady and dude” who talk to their pets.

But actually, your habit of talking to your pets, plants and any inanimate object, is a sign of intelligence, not stupidity. The act is called anthropomorphizing, which is the attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities.

According to Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioural science,

Historically, anthropomorphising has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity, but it’s actually a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet.

The reasons why humans try to anthropomorphize an object: The inanimate object looks like it has a face, we’d like to be friends with it, or we can’t explain its unpredictable behavior and we’re curious. By understanding how each of these triggers works, we can understand why this tendency is both essential to human survival and intelligence.

Our brain gets confused when it sees an object with eyes and tries to perceive it as human. Put toy eyes on a fridge and you’ll want to talk to it, or at least name it! No, you’re not a delusional psycho, it’s basic science and as social animals, we wish to talk to everybody we can and befriend them, it’s in our nature.

Talking to your pets is very normal and natural, there’s nothing wrong with you. If anything, you’re smarter than those who do not talk to their pets as their brains aren’t functioning how they normally should!


Source: The Daily Net

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