Humans have a habit of projecting their own personalities onto pets, which reveals that most pet-owners have some serious, deep-seeded issues that need to be ironed out with a licensed therapist. Have you ever noticed that people (including you, probably) give pets -- from dogs to cats to the occasional sugar glider -- weird, oft-demented human voices and personalities?
For example: "I'm just a wittle doggie who goes potty inside Mommy's house sometime, yes I am! Yes I am! I chew on Mommy's shoes when she's not home, too -- because I'm just a wittle doggie-man." Yep. You can hear it, can't you?
As it turns out, there are viable explanations behind the voices and developed personalities we bestow upon our four-legged friends -- and it all revolves around our own psychological quirks.
“The first thing people do is treat their pets like people, so a precondition is that they perceive minds in their pets,” assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina Kurt Gray told Slate, in their story on the subject. “Once you see your pet as having a mind, and being pretty smart, and having a personality, the next question is, naturally, ‘What is the personality of my cat?’” Slate also went to dog parks around New York, documenting the phenomenon in this unsettling video.