A new study confirmed that talking to your pet or pets is a sign of Intelligence.
Pet owners love to have long conversations with their pets, and instead of getting a normal reply, our pets just stare at us.
Turns out that this is actually a sign of intelligence.
Pet owners love to anthropomorphize, which means to talk to something or animals while thinking it is a human.
According to Nicholas Epley, a professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago, “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.”
Only humans are known to anthropomorphize.
Professor Epley said that anthropomorphizing comes from humans having social cognition.
There are a number of reasons why pet owners and other people anthropomorphize.
It is reported that some humans want to have a relationship with objects. In some cases, humans talk with pets and call them their best friends, others talk with objects, and in more complex cases, they marry them.
Professor Epley explains, “For centuries, our willingness to recognize minds in nonhumans has been seen as a kind of stupidity, a childlike tendency toward anthropomorphism and superstition that educated and clear-thinking adults have outgrown.”
The reason why people anthropomorphize is because of our unique ability to recognize and find faces anywhere we go.
This means that your ability to read the emotion and the intentions of your dog’s droopy eyes, or its angry face, and its happy face is a byproduct of your skill in reading feelings and intentions of other people or species.
Professor Epley said, “Recognizing the mind of another human being involves the same psychological processes as recognizing a mind in other animals, a god, or even a gadget.”
Professor Epley added, “It is a reflection of our brain’s greatest ability rather than a sign of our stupidity.”