What difference does it make whether we talk or not to dogs?
With their decidedly pro-social antics, canines vie for attention. Being also socially wired, it seems we cannot help but be also attracted to shower affection on that companion animal that’s always seeking to connect. Many cannot help but word out the feeling that inspires them to do so. It’d be stranger for it not to.
It’s our human way of using the ability to reason through our mouths. While not something that we really have to think about, expressing into words towards our animals may still look odd when pondering on it.
Not because we’d think they’d communicate back in the same way. It’s just something that comes naturally to humans; talking. But really, what’s behind the felt need for humans to use words when communicating to their pets?
Well, it comes with our anthropomorphizing nature…What? (yes, it was also my first time to see it, too.) It’s a fancy way to explain how humans are wired to have different aspects of our being related to context & ideas from many other types of things.
What about getting ‘emo’ if a writing utensil’s not being used, thus thinking of it as lonely? & getting ‘mad’ t towards the PC when its battery goes dead? (that’s me right now). Then there’s the feeling of sadness towards an inanimate object that’s been abused, even though said object hasn’t suffered at all.
This type of ‘connection’ is compounded on un-inanimate non-human things. Think artificial intelligence or, as already stated, animals. People do have strong reactions when it comes to insisting on their pets as bona-fide family members.
While most would think that addressing our pets with words is done in the same way as when communicating with humans, scientific research begs to differ. When people talk to animals, it’s usually in brief & simple, but correctly spoken words. No open-ended phrases.
Find out next how that was determined..