Why do we project our emotions onto animals?

In stories, cartoons, advertisements and our everyday lives, we project human thoughts and emotions onto animals—and claim their strength and style for ourselves in the brand names of cars and cosmetics. Maria Margaronis asks: Why do we do that, and what do we get out of it? Can we ever know what animals really feel? And are we as different from other species as we like to imagine?

(Photo: a girl dresses up with her pet Shiba Inu. Credit to: Shutterstock)

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