Anthropomorphism is often used in stories and art. It can mean making the thing shaped like a human. The story of the "Three Little Pigs" has a wolf and pigs who talk and act like humans. Mickey Mouse also talks and acts like a human. These are examples of a type of anthropomorphism called "furry".
The novel The Call of the Wild also uses anthropomorphism. The main character is a dog named Buck. Many other characters are dogs and wolves. In the story, the animals think and act more like humans than real dogs do.
Reasons for anthropomorphism[change | change source]
People can explain why they do things. People are usually not as good at knowing why non-human things also do things. This can lead to people assuming non-human things will act or think like humans.
Knowledge about humans is got early in life. It is more detailed than knowledge about non-human entities, and is better remembered.
Related pages[change | change source]
- Furry: Anthropomorphism where animals are shown as human-like in stories and art.
References[change | change source]
- Oxford English Dictionary. "Anthropomorphism, n." Oxford University Press, 1885.
- Hutson, Matthew (2012). The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: how irrational beliefs keep us happy, healthy, and sane. New York: Hudson Street Press. pp. 165–81. ISBN 978-1-101-55832-4.
- Epley, Nicholas; Waytz, Adam; Cacioppo, John T. (2007). "On seeing human: A three-factor theory of anthropomorphism". Psychological Review 114 (4): 864–886. doi:10.1037/0033-295x.114.4.864. PMID 17907867.