Do you talk to your pet often? It may sound crazy but it has been finally proved that people having a one-sided conversation with their pets are actually pretty smart…
Behavioural Science Professor at the University of Chicago and Anthropomorphism expert Nicholas Epley, said that talking to animals and objects is actually a sign of intelligent social cognition.
Humans are very social creatures, so our brains are wired to see faces and perceive minds everywhere. Anthropomorphize the things that we love as opposed to the things that we hate.
The more we like something, the more likely we are to want to engage with its mind— even if it doesn’t actually have a mind.
“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. No other species has this tendency,” Epley added.
“For centuries, our willingness to recognize minds in non-humans has been seen as a kind of stupidity, a childlike tendency toward anthropomorphism and superstition that educated and clear-thinking adults have outgrown,” remarks Epley.
“I think this view is both mistaken and unfortunate. 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.
It is a reflection of our brain’s greatest ability rather than a sign of our stupidity,” she added.
Talking with pets for some may sound strange, but there are several pet parents in Pune who have one-sided conversations with their pets.
Speaking to Pune365, city pet parents reported that it helped them bond better and their pets also often respond to them.
Prachi Desai, Professor shares, It is never a one-sided conversation. My pet also responds through his weird sounds, body language and wagging tail.
Talking to Bruno helps me feel relaxed and it is as healing as speaking to a psychologist.
Of course, he doesn’t understand everything, but speaking to them gives them a sense of oneness and harmony. Also, they do understand gestures like angry, praise and happiness. They are the friendliest and just love you too. They are also your best secret-keeper so talk to your pet rather than to a human, Prachi added.
Whenever we talk things from our hearts, we feel better. If you are under stress or have any anxiety, you need to focus on better things and dogs certainly help boost positivity, says Rahul Vaidya, Pet communicator.
Animals do talk! whenever they hear you or see you, they will come running to greet you. Although 92 per cent of conversations are non-verbal, a lot can be understood from their body language.
Vaidya further shares, They communicate with their tone of voice. For example, if something is exciting to them or annoying the tone of their voice will be a high pitch. Dogs also liked to be talked to because your voice makes them feel reassured and safe.
Speaking to your pet is considered to be one of the best ways of building a relationship, also positive interactions with them get them trained easily, Vaidya adds.
Kiaara understands me more than anyone in the universe! Moreover, pets are more intelligent than humans says, Mahesh Tawde, Marine engineer.
It feels amazing after talking to her, I have never been so happy all my life. Having a pet in the house is like staying with a completely different personality. Isn’t it amazing to see someone is happy to see to you?
Kiaara comes running to me showering all the love and heals my daily stress.I don’t know whether talking to my pet makes me smart or not, but she definitely heals me.
Whenever am sad or upset over her or anything, she’ll come to sit in front of me and keep staring at me till I talk to her. Also whenever I speak to her, her tail moves left to right, right to left.
I don’t understand all her thoughts, but Kiaara is a great therapist for me! Tawde added.