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People Who Talk To Their Pets Are Smarter Than Those Who Don't

People Who Talk To Their Pets Are Smarter Than Those Who Don't

No, there is nothing crazy about talking to animals. If anything, the ones who do that are way more intelligent.

Do you have pets in your house? Do you usually ask your dog if she is hungry? Ask your cat to not drop things off the counter as if she is actually listening to you? If yes, I'm pretty sure you are tired of people around you judging you for your behavior. "Did you just say 'hi' to that dog?" Damn right I did, Becky, and there's nothing weird about it. Pet owners across the globe, if not all then most, usually find themselves conversing with their pets in the same way they talk to humans. In fact, they find it more calming to talk to their furry buddies. Have they lost their minds?

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Certainly not. While it is okay to sometimes sit and wonder why you do what you do, there is absolutely nothing cuckoo about wanting to talk to animals. If anything, it is actually a gift. Not everybody has the capacity to talk to animals or inanimate objects for that matter like their own species. Talking to animals or objects is a sign of superior intelligence. You are not a crazy cat lady, you just have a better functioning brain.

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The act of finding human emotions and attributions in animals is called anthropomorphism and it is something not everybody is capable of doing. Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, believes this ability is what makes humans stand out from the rest of the animals. “Historically, anthropomorphizing 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."

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In addition to talking to pets, people also anthropomorphize inanimate objects and plants. They ask their plants if they are thirsty, whisper "seriously???" when they drop something on the ground and even name their cars, toys, pillows and so on. When people see an adult talking to their car, they start thinking this person has absolutely lost it. Truth is, they're just way smarter than the people around them.

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According to a study conducted at Harvard in 2011, a group of people was shown pictures of baby and adult animals. Most subjects chose the baby animals, agreed that they would give them human names, and would refer to them while using proper gender terms. Not only that, if they could own a baby animal, they would name them and talk to them, like they talk to humans. No other living being beside humans has this ability to identify similar behavior in inanimate objects.

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The biggest example of anthropomorphizing is referring to your pets as your 'baby' and calling yourself their mom or dad. If you look at an animal and go "Oh, this one looks like a George!" you aren't nuts, your brain just works better than most people. Human brains are complicated beyond anyone’s explanation. Years of research and scientific studies later, we still are not sure what all our mind is capable of. Trying to find human characteristics in inanimate objects such as cars, pens, toys or anything at all is a sign of your brain’s creativity.

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Anthropomorphism isn't limited to humans, some animals have shown signs of it as well. Studies have found that if you keep talking to your dog, even they will start to understand your gestures and learn to differentiate between words. Dogs and cats have been human companions since generations and have evolved accordingly. When you speak to your dog, it seems to understand you and your emotions, as does your cat, but he doesn't give a shit about what you're trying to say.

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Why do we talk to animals and objects? There are reasons: If an 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 bucket and you’ll want to talk to it, or at least name it! No, you’re not a delusional psycho, it’s just basic science. Humans being a social animal, it is in our nature to befriend everyone around us. Don't let anybody call you a weirdo, go talk to your furry babiessss!

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