Psycologically speaking, why don't some people like animals?

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This is a discussion on Psycologically speaking, why don't some people like animals? within the Critical Thinking & Philosophy forums, part of the Topics of Interest category; Answers like "beacuase they smell bad" or "they leave a mess" aside. I'm looking for answers that extend beyond the ...

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    Psycologically speaking, why don't some people like animals?

    Answers like "beacuase they smell bad" or "they leave a mess" aside. I'm looking for answers that extend beyond the face value.

    Why do some people not like animals?
    Could there be some kind of psycological explanation for this?

    Reason why I'm asking is because I have inquired of various people over the last couple of weeks if they liked animals.
    My findings?
    The ones that claimed to dislike animals also had various "issues', ranging from low self-esteem to destructive tendencies.
    In the other hand people who expressed their like for animals tended to be more vital types, alot of them possessing more developed sense of compassion, or atleast they seemed like they care more.

    Your thoughts?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsy View Post
    Answers like "beacuase they smell bad" or "they leave a mess" aside. I'm looking for answers that extend beyond the face value.

    Why do some people not like animals?
    Could there be some kind of psycological explanation for this?

    Reason why I'm asking is because I have inquired of various people over the last couple of weeks if they liked animals.
    My findings?
    The ones that claimed to dislike animals also had various "issues', ranging from low self-esteem to destructive tendencies.
    In the other hand people who expressed their like for animals tended to be more vital types, alot of them possessing more developed sense of compassion, or atleast they seemed like they care more.

    Your thoughts?

    Someone may dislike animals for no apparent reason, but someone else may hate animals because of traumatic experiences. Let's say, for instance, that I am a five year old girl and I just had a nightmare about a pitbull tearing my mother apart. And then I wake up in a hospital with her and find out it wasn't a dream. I wouldn't want to be around animals if that happened.

    There are probably many reasons, so just keep looking. I love animals though! My puppy is so cute.

    Best of luck on your research!
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    They smell bad, it's true, they leave hair , they need a lot of attentions and care but I still love them . It still breaks my heart if I see a dog on the street looking bad or being sick. I'd still help. I dunno how other ppl wouldn't. It's pretty sad . Ive seen pics on the internet with hanged dogs or li'll kitties burned alive. I even saw a Asian girl killing a small rabbit by sitting on it. I can only believe that they are psychopaths .
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    If you were raped by a dog at a young age, there would be psyochologial reason for you not wanting to hang around dogs too much.

    Joke aside. Most people can relate to dogs, except them being a so much simplified version of us humans. Their function and trigger range is tinytiny compared to us. No problem making them happy, no problem to teach. Easy to make them angry. It's either this or that. And they're furry. Makes a good friend that doesn't cause drama.

    Those who don't like dogs or animals, or don't see why people are so all over them. I would only guess they don't relate to dogs like a friend, or a companion. They find them stupid, look down on them and so on. It could very possibly be connected to one's ego, and human-like expectations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramysa View Post
    They smell bad, it's true, they leave hair , they need a lot of attentions and care but I still love them . It still breaks my heart if I see a dog on the street looking bad or being sick. I'd still help. I dunno how other ppl wouldn't. It's pretty sad . Ive seen pics on the internet with hanged dogs or li'll kitties burned alive. I even saw a Asian girl killing a small rabbit by sitting on it. I can only believe that they are psychopaths .
    Heard about the rabbit crushing thing, apparently its a new fetish, not exclusive to rabbits either. People who hurt animals do it because they themselves feel inferior, hated, despised, abandoned not only by others but by themselves. So out of fear they take their frustrations out on animals. This is because they feel so alone in their terror that they wish to see others hurt the way they do so that they don't feel as alone. Pretty messed up really.

    Quote Originally Posted by EddyHeady View Post
    Those who don't like dogs or animals, or don't see why people are so all over them. I would only guess they don't relate to dogs like a friend, or a companion. They find them stupid, look down on them and so on. It could very possibly be connected to one's ego, and human-like expectations.
    Yeah that makse sense.

    I also note that people who prefer cats tend to be more free-spirited, intuitive, aloof, calm amongst other feline traits.
    Dog people in the other hand are more loyal, limbic, exitable, outgoing, willing to lend a hand.

    The Native American Indian culture(amongst many other cultures) holds the belief that each person has a spirit animal. Your spirit animals is there to guide you throughout your life. At the coming of age the man would venture out into the wilderness & observe all manner of animals until you made a "connection" with a certain animal. Other tribes used substances such as peyote to induce a trance state wherin they would venute within themselves & find their spirit animal.
    Likewise chinese astrology each person has three animals, a year animal(ego), an inner animal(one's inner compass) & their secret animal(one's truest representation) all corresponding to one's birthdate. There were twelve animals each which reflected a personality that was observed with the actual animal.
    For example monkeys were viewed as clever, charismatic, creative & adaptable, where-as the dragon was seen as ambitious, driven, dynamic, powerful & lucky & so forth.

    In many older cultures animals held sacred symbolism to humans. Yet in modern society the only place animals hold are as pets or behind bars in a zoo.

    How do people who love animals(both wild & domestic) differ from people who are indifferent &/or people who despise animals(especially wild animals)?
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    Compassion or lack of it may indeed play a part. I feel compassion from time to time, so I know I am not a complete psychopath. Still, I don't like all animals. I dislike dogs for instance. I love all feline creatures and all sea life. I love all birds too.

    What I dislike about dogs is their extroverted nature. I consider them intrusive and noisy. I hate the sound of a dog bark. I reckon I am more of a cat person: introverted and at low noise levels.
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    They are simply not reinforced by them; they are actually aversive to them.

    Radical behaviourism, ftw!

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    I would comment, that having known many people that have had pets, their social interaction was pretty high, yet very private, but in almost all cases they have preferred animals to people, in that they showed much more emotion or hurt for a wounded animal than a wounded soldier, for example.

    As for the people that I've known who happened to dislike animals, I've found them to be particularly loyal and dedicated to their families. They had a distaste for animals, I wouldn't call it hatred, but it was definitely an avoidance.

    The people who tended to not like animals, tended to be very discreet with their personal emotions, this contrasts those who do by how much immediate affection they are prone to give to an animal.

    Anyway, just my slight observations over the years.
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    In a non-demeaning way, ignorance. Some people dislike animals because they do not know how to take care of them and/or dislike them because of an experience.

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    "I don't like animals that much..."

    because they're not involved in the life of the comsos. If I say that I think it is very much untypical for myself, but I need to discuss this subject a little deeper. An animal has no consciousness, an animal lives in the behalf of a spiritless nature that isn't able to adore or to lead something. I, for myself, have great hopes in humankind, for it appears to me, that there are lots of people who do not directly speak out their minds & in fact of that, miss the most precious worth in life, namely the responsibility of having effect on their own & others. They live mute. They talk in riddles & even do not expand their consciousness, maybe whatever it takes to do that. But an animal, ya know...is just like that...(hmm there is my expedition to move above the earth a mountain) common men are almost like them. I think, the thoughts that take somebody on the edge of his ability to experience his life could never be thought by an animal. But I also think that the world is only to be understood & more regular than any other thing in perception that you could only think of. & so: the fortune to have a look at the most exciting views on the future is lying in: the complete regard of the nerve that juggles with anything. Thinking is harder than just to live up on any high rule. The man is made out of conception, therefore he's divine. Everybody is an argument against something that is in lower function (like an animal). Don't misunderstand the thought, that even man is not high enough to spend his whole life working on a nature frontier, from which he could learn how to expect reality within a motion of other feelings & thoughts that are collapsing when he turns down his head to look at his feet & recognize that there are lots of worms creeping beneath himself. The conncetion that man makes when he looks at an animal is always out of the course of those things he really admires, so, he isn't that kind of an revolting person, if he loves an animal...but the deeper point to this view is, that he doesn't care about the language of the animal & therfore compromise any real relationship he could truly have with it.


 

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