Have you ever spent 15 minutes talking to your pet while they just blankly stare at you and occasionally lick themselves? The good news is you're not nuts, it's actually a sign that you're smart!

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A behavioral scientist from the University of Chicago says that when you talk to your pets, your plants, your car, or anything else that's not an actual person, you're just demonstrating a high social IQ.

“Historically, anthropomorphizing has been treated as a sign of childishness or stupidity, but it’s actually a natural byproduct of the tendency that makes humans uniquely smart on this planet,” says Nicholas Epley. “No other species that has this tendency.”

It's a uniquely human need to bond and connect.

"Recognizing the mind in other animals, a god, or even a gadget is a reflection of our brain's greatest ability, rather than a sign of our stupidity."

Read more at Quartz.