Science reveals that talking to your dog isn’t strange

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Science reveals that talking to your dog isn’t strange

If you own a pet you probably talk to it all the time. Don’t worry, you’re not crazy. In fact, it’s a sign of intelligence and creativity. Whew!

According to behavioral science professor Nicholas Epsey from the University of Chicago, taliking to your dog isn’t strange.

This habit of talking to our pets is called “anthropomorphizing,” which means assigning a personality to inanimate objects and animals.

As behavioral neuroscientist Nicholas Epsey explained to Quartz, we do this because we consider those items extensions of our own identities. And it’s a result of having an “active, intelligent social cognition—of having a brain that is programmed to see and perceive minds,” according to Quartz.

‘No other species has this tendency.’

He said whether or not we realize it, humans anthropomorphize objects and events all the time.

When you talk to your furry, fluffy friend, it doesn’t mean you’re crazy. It’s just that your brain is programmed to see and perceive minds. It’s just another unique, wonderful and weird thing that makes human so special.

So next time you catch a passer-by rolling their eyeballs and think you’re a bit bonkers, make sure you tell them it’s because you’re smart AF.

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