How We ‘Talk' to Our Pets
Central Florida Health News|March 2021
Did you ever wonder how you can look in your pet’s eyes and know if he or she is sad, mad or glad or wants attention and they can do the same for you? How can that be when there are no spoken words between you? The answer is neuroscience, and you don’t have to be Dr. Doolittle to “talk” with the animals. We sometimes forget humans are part of the animal kingdom, too, with much the same physical organs and emotions.
Mary Joye, LMHC

Many animal species have mirror neuron exchanges and this means we reflect to one another what we are thinking and sometimes doing. Did you ever see someone scratch their head and you felt an itch in the same place? That’s the mirror neurons at work creating an empathetic interchange that enhances socialization and a sense of safety by being able to “read” and understand what others are feeling. Primates have significantly similar mirror neuron systems to humans. The monkey see/monkey do interactions create stronger connections than mere words can accomplish.

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