How you can become more empathetic by adopting an animal in need

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From the moment you learn to understand words, you are taught by your parents to be kind, considerate and sympathetic. As inherently emotional beings, we respond to emotions. If you show kindness, often it is reciprocated. It programs us to behave in a certain way.

One of the quality that we are often taught the significance of is empathy. As teenagers, you would remember your teacher explaining the difference between sympathy and empathy. Sympathy is simply feeling a swell of sadness or pity towards a person or group of people, whereas empathy means going a step forward and taking action by putting yourselves in their shoes.

Empathy is a quality that is highly coveted in society. Empathetic people are people of action. They don’t sit around and watch when something unfortunate or tragic happens around them, rather they look for means to solve a situation. It is empathy that drives people to commit heroic acts that we read about in the newspaper.

Sticking to the context, we come to the topic of adoption. Couples often adopts kids either by choice or because they are physically unable to procreate. It is considered in high esteem, at least in most cases. There is no shortage of orphaned children and teenagers, unfortunately. Providing them a home and sustenance is an exemplification of empathy at its highest form.

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However, adoption isn’t restricted to human beings. Animals, too, face the same issue of ignorance and orphanage. Often, many are abused or simply left unwanted. Good-hearted people who work in adoption centers for animals take care of such poor creatures for a while.

The problem arises when adoption centers are overloaded. The way they function, they adopt as many animals as possible to provide them housing and sustenance. At some point, they will face a severe shortage of space, which is when they make a concerted effort to encourage people to house some of their animals.

We talked in an earlier post about a psychological feeling of companionship between humans and animals. Let that encourage you to go to the nearest adoption center and choose your favorite to house, love and take care of. You would be doing a world of good to a creature that had fallen into unfortunate circumstances.

At the end of the day, adoption is something that will bring you immense joy and satisfaction. The way our brain works, we experience a joy like nothing else when we see the fruits of our selfless work ripening.

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The relation between humans and animals from a psychological lens

Blog1 - The relation between humans and animals from a psychological lens

There is an instinctive attraction within the mammal class. Homosapiens, the most advanced of all animals, have a biological preference towards species within their own class. It is the reason why despite the fact that humans are predatory creatures at the higher realms of the food chain, many of us love to take care of animals.

For centuries, humans have developed companionship with animals. Think of the Stone Age inscriptions and paintings of animals. Despite man’s position as a hunter at the time, man respected strength and animals that displayed strength, such as the Rhinoceros. In fact, man sometimes hunted with an animal by his side.

In the modern age, animals continue to be our companion, whether it is for hunting, search operations or other activities. Naturally, we consume many families with the Animalia kingdom as food, but that is a generic feature within the kingdom. As predatory beings, every creature hunts others of a lower standing in the food chain.

pet - The relation between humans and animals from a psychological lens

Yet another type of companionship between humans and species of the animal kingdom is friendship. It is the reason why people own or adopt pets. Pets provide us love and warmth, and receive them in equal measures. Naturally, we have preferences. Some of us prefer felines and some canines. Some of us prefer aquatic creatures and the rest Aves.

In reality, the preference doesn’t matter. What matters is understanding the inherent psychology that leads people to own or adopt pets. From a biological standpoint, human beings have not been programmed to exhibit cruelty. Yes, we hunt and eat animals, but that is purely from a physiological point of view.

The intention of this post is to make our readers and the wider community understand that cruelty is simply a matter of choice. There is simply no excuse that can be made that we are inclined to exhibit cruelty. The history of our evolution says otherwise.

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