After years of hearing how crazy people are who choose to talk to their pets, there is finally proof that it is totally the opposite. People who talk to their pets tend to be more intelligent than those who don’t. This means you can talk to your pet and not feel weird because it makes you highly intelligent.
A study by Gary D. Sherman and Jonathan Haidt conducted at Harvard University showed that people who preferred the company of and had conversations with their pets on a regular basis proved to be more intelligent than those who didn’t.
The main focus of the study was to look at anthropomorphizing, which is the act of attributing human traits and personalities to things that aren’t human. Nicholas Epley, a Behavioral Science professor based at the University of Chicago agrees with the study, adding:
“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.”
Sherman and Haidt included inanimate objects in the study, as well as animals and pets. For years, inanimate objects have been a massive part of anthropomorphizing. If at one time in your life you owned a stuffed animal, named it, and told it all your secrets as though it were your best friend, you can finally breathe a sigh of relief. You are not crazy, rather you are considered much smarter than your “normal” friends.
Even meteorologists anthromorphize in the sense that they give human names to hurricanes and tropical storms. Car and boat owners will often give these objects a name, or call them their “baby”. This all falls under the same umbrella that proves just how intelligent they are.
So, the next time you are calling your furry baby by name, and loving and talking to it, just ignore the snickers and laughs of those nearby. They are just not on the same intelligence level as you are, so just go ahead and shake them off.