My last column was originally called What Happens When You Ignore Bad Feelings? That might have been good for Halloween, right? But I chickened out and called it How to Stay in Your Happy Place. It’s about an actress I know, who just got a great gig, but also lost a great boyfriend…
In reference to today’s cartoon, have you ever noticed a separation between people who love animals and those who could care less? Can we just call them introverts and extroverts, or is that too broad a brush?
And those who ignore animals think the animal-focused ones might be a little cray-cray. The New York Times, talking about how views on animal lovers have changed:
The field of psychotherapy has traditionally viewed those whose closest relationships are with animals as somehow lacking, their affections pathologically misplaced, their devotion a symptom of their inability to forge healthy connections with the humans around them.
“There are whole segments of the population that prefer being in the company of dogs than people, and I’m not sure that’s such a negative thing,” said Joel Gavriele-Gold, a
psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan and the author of “When Pets Come Between Partners.“
Could he be any more non-declarative?
Wired has an article about why people love their pets more than people…and has some real life events to prove it.
Two thirds of Americans live with an animal, and according to a 2011 Harris poll, 90 percent of pet owners think of their dogs and cats as members of the family.
While investigating these ideas, I came across an opinion I despise, but I link it here because I think both animal lovers and animal indifferents should be aware of it: The APA (American
Psychological Association) hurries to advise researchers that testing on animals is still valid, important, and way cool. We all know that’s not true, right? It was written 5 years ago, so maybe they’ve smartened up by now.
In conclusion, let’s give peace a chance. Animal lover, hater, or indifferent, let’s agree that for Halloween, at least, we can all be Strange Creature Lovers.
My personal views? Hello dark toads, my old friends, I’ve come to talk with you again… (tm Simon & Garfunkel)
Now who’s going as a witch, a boss, or a toad tonight? And are you pro or con animals?
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