Coming home and asking how your pet’s day was is slightly frowned upon in society because, obviously, animals cannot understand what you are saying. Nor can they reply in English.
However, despite how crazy your friends and family may make you feel for attempting to have a conversation with your fur baby, science says pet parents who talk with their fluff balls are not only normal, but super-intelligent.
It’s called to anthropomorphize, which basically means you give human attributes to an object and treat it as such.
“Historically, anthropomorphizing has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity, but it’s actually a natural by-product of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet,” Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, tells Quartz. “No other species has this tendency.”
In fact Epley, who specializes in this field, says we humans do this all the time but probably don’t even realize it. We do it when we give human names and character traits to non-human objects like our cars, shoes, plants, and of course, our pets.
Talking to your favorite succulent when you need to water it doesn't mean you're crazy, just that your brain cognition is highly active. In other words, you're smart as all heck.
There's three reasons why we anthropomorphize:
1. The non-human object or thing looks like it has a face, so we associate it with being human.
2. We’d like to be friends with it. That's you, every pet parent out there.
3. We can’t explain its unpredictable behavior.
Humans are unpredictable by nature, so we like to think of anything as having that characteristic as being human too--which would also explain why we think of our fur babies as little people.
So go on, feel free to get your Dr. Doolittle on and talk to the animals--or plants, or your car, or phone...
This post was written by Amber Manto. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.