Why Do We Anthropomorphize ?

  1. fyroz profile image52
    fyrozposted 6 years ago

    Why  Do We Anthropomorphize ?

  2. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image96
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 6 years ago

    Good question - I think this goes way back in history, long before Mickey Mouse and other characters we have today.  Just look at the statues and gods of ancient civilizations - they had human characteristics and were attributed with powers that were human (or even godlike). My guess is that we transfer or attribute our human feelings and motivations to animals or even inanimate objects in order to relate to them as humans. We give them power, but in reality, we are trying to give ourselves power by doing so.

  3. BizGenGirl profile image90
    BizGenGirlposted 6 years ago

    One of the best ways to understand anything, whether it's tangible or simply intellectual, is to define how it is like you and how it is not. A rock is like you, because it exists on the earth, grows old with time, is subject to various natural disasters and is made up of tiny atoms and quantum energy. A rock is not like you, because it has no mouth, ears, organs or limbs, and as best anyone can tell, rocks don't have any 'human' motivations, even if it could be proven that rocks might have some form of intelligence.

    And through that little story, I hope it's easy to tell why we humans Anthropomorphize things. The best way to explain something to anyone else, is to show them how it is like them, because we are experts at knowing ourselves. =P

 
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