According to a recent American study, talking to your pets would be quite normal. It would even be a proof of intelligence rather than a sign of stupidity.
Talking to his animals, but also to objects like cars or plants would be smart according to a study by Dr. Nicholas Epley, professor of behavioral sciences at the University of Chicago. He explains to Quartz that “To recognize the spirit of another human being involves the same psychological processes as the recognition of a spirit in other animals, a god, or even a gadget. It is a reflection of the greater capacity of our brain rather than a sign of our stupidity. ”
So, thinking that someone is crazy for talking to his dog or his car would be a mistake. When we were kids, we gave names to our toys and stuffed toys and we talked to them. It should be known that this same process often happens in adulthood, it is the phenomenon of anthropomorphization, that is to say the fact of giving an aspect, a human behavior to an animal or a thing.
“Historically, anthropomorphization has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity, but it is actually a natural by-product of the trend that makes humans smarter,” says the study’s author.
The study concludes that people who adhere to anthropomorphization would show more humanity, openness and intelligence. Moreover, it would also be a sign of sociability, at least as far as animals are concerned. This would be due to our search for communication with people, a search that would flow through our objects or our animals. Moreover, attributes such as the face or the eyes may make it easier for some people to anthropomorphize.