Animals are fantastic creatures! Sometimes we seem to understand us better than people – even if that’s not true. Our love for pets often turns them like equal to us, and we talk with them: about time, we complain to neighbors, we tell him how nm has passed day … Truth, it’s strange to attributed to human beings human behavior, but who owns a dog or cat can he resist that?
Anthropomorphism Is A Need to Treat Animals as Human Beings
Every time when a random passer “caught” you talking to your pet, you probably think that he is wondering if everything is fine with you. If someone asks you the question openly, give it a counter-argument. Tell him that this is just proof that you are brilliant and that it is scientifically justified. Nicholas Epley from the University of Chicago and a behavior expert, argues that conversation with pets is a consequence of “anthropomorphism,” that is, the need for a man to treat animals as if he were a human being.
Anthropomorphism has been treated as childish behavior, but it is actually a natural product of the fact that man is the most intelligent being on the planet. No other species has this tendency. Besides, cats and dogs are incredible creatures, and we want to be their friends and approach them as if they have developed minds as much as we do. The scientist says that recognizing the minds of other living beings, especially pets, is no nonsense or immaturity, but reflecting the most significant ability of our brain. Scientist Epley says that recognizing the minds of other beings, especially pets, is no nonsense or immaturity, but reflecting the most significant ability of our brain.
Reasons for Anthropomorphism
There are three primary reasons for anthropomorphizing objects- the ability of the brain to see everywhere faces, a human instinct that tells us to anthropomorphize what we love (pets, cars), and the tendency to observe unpredictability as a sign of humanity because people themselves are unpredictable. But the social benefits of animals are far higher than the measure of intelligence. Studies have shown that animal therapy can enhance mental and emotional health by helping alleviate stress and anxiety.
Pets as Our Safe Base and Shelter
They are near us, they are a great source of security, when we are disturbed or scared, we turn to the pet, we rejoice at home to welcome and greet us when we return. We maintain close relationships with them and want to be close especially when we are stressed, they are a safe refuge because we see emotional support, consolation, and encouragement in them. Pets represent a secure base providing a sense of security and self-confidence, and we are anxious and sad when we are separated from them. Applied to dogs, the stated dimension of avoidance refers to how much we feel comfortable if we are physically or emotionally close to the dog, while the aspects of anxiety describe to what extent we care for something terrible to happen to us.