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    Relating to Animals

    I have this habit of seeing animal behavior in people. For example, someone sits regally like a cat, but don't get too close. Or, someone else watches like an owl from the shadows and strikes at an opportune time. Often, I spot animals in people, based on their looks or behavior.

    As a writer, I like to think about my characters' spirit animal, too. It gives their character more color in my mind. This is an organic process, and it's more prominent with some characters than others.

    So, I figured I'd start a discussion thread. What do you think causes people to resonate with animals? Why do we have the concept of spirit animals? Are there any you relate to? Are there animal videos y0u've seen recently that remind you of your own behavior?

    Feel free to discuss the psychology of this, or just share videos and pictures of animals that remind you of someone. Serious and cute answers are all welcome.


    Last edited by Animal; 08-30-2020, 05:28 PM.

    #2
    This video is relatable to me. The possessive kitty won't let the other cat get close to his human. That human belongs to him, and him alone. Hopefully I'm a little more subtle about it, but I can't be sure....

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    • Animal
      Animal commented
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      RALA check out the possessive kitty

    • RALA
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      Haha I love it! I feel bad for the other kitty though, it wanted some love too! Haha

    • Animal
      Animal commented
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      Hahaha for sure I am nicer than the kitty in the video. I'll let the other kitty get a little bit of love as long as I am #1. >:]

    #3
    I don’t love humans but I love (some) animals. Like otters, squirrels, raccoons, cats both big and small, chonky and non-chonky. I see humans as they are, but with animals, they exist the way they do as how they are in nature. Humans try to cheat the laws of physics, nature, and God. I didn’t believe in God before, but this year, after witnessing so much shit... I’m convinced there must be a God and a very vengeful one.

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      #4
      Quite simply, animals trigger the primal in people. Humans are animals too, after all, but most other animals have "simplicity" relative to a lot of modern era humans - they live off the land, do everything "by hand" (or through their native physical faculties), most don't use language (or don't seem to?) - so they express something of the earth that the shape of day to day human life often loses, even if humans themselves still possess it. So when people relate to animals, they are really holding up a mirror to their own primal nature as they see it - at best, past their conscious filters and advanced ego.

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        #5
        What do you think causes people to resonate with animals? Why do we have the concept of spirit animals? Are there any you relate to? Are there animal videos y0u've seen recently that remind you of your own behavior?
        It's similarity. An animal is alive, it reacts to the environment with about the same speed as you do. Of course plants are alive too, but their reactions and movements are much, much slower and even more basic than those of most animals. I always wonder what animals would think or what they would feel if they see humans appear in their field of vision. I find it so interesting when you notice an animal is conscious of you specifically and it responds to things you do.

        Like Quin has said, I do think the animals symbolize our own primal natures and inclinations. A lot of animals are purely reactive, driven by their instincts. They also have different personalities, like we do. I mean a lot of animals have personalities. Interestingly there are also animals that seem far more alien and I think those are interesting, because their behavior/look is so curious and different. Think of a jellyfish, which is basically a floating nervous system, a blobfish, and a lot of insects.

        I've personally been mostly neutral regarding animals. I was very afraid of dogs in the past. That fear has subsided. Before I had the two cats that I currently have, I didn't think negatively or positively of animals. I've become much more interested after having animals of my own. You build up a bond, you build up trust and affection. There's something pure about animals, it's because they are mostly just instinct and very reactive. They have far more minor amounts of complex cognition. For example, cats have enough for you to build up a relationship with them, but too little to be stuck in doubt, to overthink, to betray. Their reactions are more unfiltered.
        Last edited by Vive; 09-05-2020, 05:14 PM.
        "Distress, whether psychic, physical, or intellectual, need not at all produce nihilism.
        Such distress always permits a variety of interpretations."

        Nietzsche

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          #6
          Ok this is weird because this is one of those things I've been thinking about lately (as in, this afternoon) that most humans don't think about.

          I was thinking that thing exactly--how some people seem like some kind of animal. Like something about their face or "energy" somehow. For myself, I think I'm a bird of some sort--from a cute lil sparrow, to a sad lil penguin, to a bird of prey. I keep seeing these qualities in myself in photos and stuff.

          I sometimes even see this phenomenon in other animals. We had a dog that we thought was both catlike and deerlike, for example.

          Something I find funny, though, is how divorced most humans are from this. They get offended at the mere thought that we might also be animals--"but we're obviously not animals! We're different!" say the great apes who share 98% of their DNA, facial expressions, and social behavior with chimpanzees. They actually think they've somehow evolved away from it. I don't need to put into words here how stupid I think they're being, but they are.

          I was 3 years old and my offbeat friends (twins, 3 years older than me) told me I was an animal, because people are a kind of animal. I was extremely happy and proud to be told this; my sole reservation was that I didn't have a tail, and I so badly wanted a tail. So I was initially also slightly skeptical that people were "real" animals. We are though. I'm glad.

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          • Quindary
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            It really misses half the point of being human to fail to recognize that you are primal, doesn't it.. it does not resolve the paradox of primalism and rationality to ignore one of the sides of the tangle.
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