It's common to be called crazy when talking to a beloved pet. In fact, you may have thought it yourself.
But it is typical for pet owners to have a conversation with their furry friends, after all, they are an integral part of the family. So why wouldn't you? According to The Daily Net, those of us who speak to our pets are smarter than those who don't. So don't feel bad about talking to your little buddy. The newfound facts apply to all animals that are pets. Cats, dogs, fish, turtles, any and every single one.
Nicholas Epley, who is a behavioral science professor at the University of Chicago, conducted the study. He concluded that people talk to their pets because they are trying to anthropomorphize them. This means that we try to attribute human traits or emotions to animals, plants, and other non-humans. Anthropomorphization tends to occur when a non-human looks like it has a face, if we want to become friends with the non-human object or if we can't explain it's behavior.
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Epley believes that anthropomorphizing is "a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet," despite it being linked to stupidity and childishness. So how exactly has science proven you are smart for having a conversation with your pet? Anthropologists have studied the behavior and have determined the human ability to talk to a non-human, as though it is human, are a sign of intelligence. It is human nature to want to talk and be friends with anything and allowing yourself to follow through with this human instinct is smart.
Anthropomorphization doesn't just occur in humans but can affect animals as well. According to The Daily Net, after some time dogs start to develop an understanding between words and gestures. Plus they develop an understanding of the emotion behind words.
It's not that we really needed science to justify us talking to our pets, but it is good to know that sciences says you are smarter when you speak to your fluffy or scaly pal. So keep chatting with your beloved animals, and next time someone calls you crazy, you can tell them science says otherwise.