The bond between the
animals and humans,
Strong emotions in
animals are usually like a sudden thunderstorm, They blow in and then
blow back out. Two dogs who live together in the same house can be
snarling one second, then go back to being best friends the next.
Normal people need a lot more time to get over an angry emotion, and
even when a normal adult does get over a bad emotion he's made a
lasting connection between the angry emotion and the person or
situation that made him angry. When a normal person gets furiously
angry with a person he loves, his brain hooks up anger and love and
remembers it. Thanks to his highly developed frontal lobes, which
connect everything up with everything else, his brain learns to have
mixed emotions about that person or situation.
The main difference
between animal emotions and human emotions is that animals don't have
mixed emotions the way normal people do. Animals aren't ambivalent;
they don't have love-hate relationships with each other or with
people. That's one of the reasons humans love animals so much; animals
are loyal. If an animal loves you he loves you no matter what. He
doesn't care what you look like or how much money you make.
Children don't, either. Emotionally, children are more like animals
because children's frontal lobes are still
growing and don't mature until sometime in early adulthood. I
mentioned earlier that the frontal lobes are one big association
cortex, tying everything together, including emotions like love and
hate that would probably be better off staying separate. That's
another reason why a dog can be like a person's child: children's
emotions are straightforward and loyal like a dog's. A seven-year-old
boy or girl will race through the house to greet Dad when he comes
from work the same way a dog will. I think animals, children, and
autistic people have simpler emotions because their brains have less
ability to make connections, so their emotions stay more separate and
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