If you have a pet you'd often hear your friends and people call you 'crazy', only because they hear you talk to it often enough. It comes naturally when you see an animal, really. Those who have pets at home can actually communicate with any animal willingly, without feeling foolish about it, knowing they probably can't have a dialogue with them.
Usually, you command the pet, while teaching them basic etiquette around the house. From their morning walks to their meals, everything is a routine that they ardently follow, only because they have the cognisance to understand their training and their way of living.
Through these mundane things, they've already formed a bond with you. They tell you when they need to poop, eat or even sleep, just like a child would. Since there is a close level of proximity formed between you and the pet, it's easy to say that talking to your pet should actually come by default. And it really does. Even though you may think your pet doesn't quite understand what you say to him or her most times, he or she actually picks up on cues and listens to what you're saying. Whether you're discussing life issues, talking about life, likes and the Universe or telling them how much you love them, they listen and understand everything.
The good news is that a recent study concluded that people who do talk to their pets or any animal frequently are smart and intelligent people, and there is no denying that! As per the study, conducted by the University of Chicago, researchers claim that talking to animals or an inanimate object has been seen as a sign of absolute insanity or stupidity for ages, but in reality, it's an actual reflection of our brain's greatest ability.
It also shows a higher sense of emotional intelligence (EQ), prevalent in a person to generate empathy and compassion for another species altogether. The researchers also shared that talking to a pet is part of a concept called 'anthropomorphism'.
Anthropomorphism is a very interesting concept. It's talking to an animal, inanimate objects or other life forms with humanistic emotions, traits or intention.
The study states:
“Anthropomorphism describes the tendency to imbue the real or imagined behaviour of nonhuman agents with human-like characteristics, motivations, intentions, or emotions.”
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Researchers also claim that anthropomorphism makes humans uniquely smart creatures. Which indeed is true because we're the only species that can generate a level of emotional intelligence no other species can, which gives us the ability to understand another life form or an object on another level altogether.
Another study conducted at Harvard said the same thing about human intelligence while they talk to animals. The study titled 'Cuteness And Disgust: The Humanizing and Dehumanizing Effects of Emotion', also says that people who prefer the company of their pets and talk to them often enough are considered as more intelligent than the rest.
Most times, dogs to act in accordance with your word as opposed to gestures you ask them to do. It makes them a lot smarter too, trying to figure out what you're saying and not what you're asking them to do. Apart from making one smarter, talking to your pet is also therapeutic and it should be done more often than not.
Be it a street animal or a pet dog, the next time you get into a conversation with them and people around you judge you for it, remember you're smarter, more evolved and highly intelligent than all of them put together!