Do You Talk To Your Plants, Pets, Or Cars?
I confess, I’m guilty of at least two of these — pets and cars. I I have named cars in the past, talked lovingly and caressed the wheel as I pleaded with them to turn over on cold mornings.
I haven’t found myself talking to plants but have read numerous articles about how much it supposedly helps them grow.
If You Do Are You Normal?
There is a term for this practice. It’s called anthropomorphism. It’s the act of assigning human characteristics to inanimate non-human objects.
How many of you had an imaginary friend growing up? Someone you could tell all your secrets to.
As you might guess a study, probably more than one, has been done on this.
Relax, You’re OK!
According to an article in Quartz you are absolutely normal. A study was done at the University of Chicago by behavioral scientist Nicholas Epley who says:
“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 of this planet.”
The Three Reasons You Talk To Things
According to Epley there are three reasons we humanize objects:
- The object looks like it might have a face.
- We want to make friends with it. Not sure about a cactus.
- Or we can’t explain its unpredictable behavior.
Some Final Thoughts
We planted three trees in our front yard recently. Two are alike, and my wife and I named them Thelma and Louise from the movie of the same name.
Unfortunately, Louise has a broken branch from a storm last year that we are going to have to cut off. Louise will be shorter than Thelma.
The other tree we named Bob. I really can’t remember why we came up with that particular name.
My wife will continue to be the plant whisperer in our family and I will continue the responsibility of the cars and pets.
Who or what will you talk to today?