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Chronicles of Creature Comforts - Emotions and Middle Age
Dare I say, I am a man who is faced with being in the middle. On one hand, I can view this middle age stage of life as being rather cumbersome. However, it is not truly how I feel. How could I even consider being foreboding, negative or otherwise having a contentious state of mind when that does not at all paint an accurate depiction of me or my personality. With a love and passion for animals, I marvel at their innocence and purity of heart. I share the same “big kid at heart” with a certain degree of playfulness and joy animals possess.
And, after all, I just watched the wonderful documentary film “Buck” about this remarkable man with a glorious gift from God. You see, Buck has extraordinary insights into both horses and people.
Through this extraordinary gift, Buck helps “horses who have people problems.” It is attending Buck’s clinics that people discover who they truly are as well as develop a greater insight into the hearts and souls of their horses.
I happened to watch “Buck” while caring for a sweet German Shepherd named Mackenzie and her three feline friends. I wholeheartedly agree with Buck as he suggests that horses are a reflection of their human companions. The same can be applied to all of our animal companions. In addition to looking into the mirror to see a reflection of myself, I look into the eyes to the souls of my birds Dudley and Sing-Sing revealing an even clearer view of Paul.
To begin the new year with a new adventure, tune into a new radio program “Animal Adventures With Paul Flotron” every Friday at 4 PM Central. Take A Fun and Entertaining Journey With Us To Learn About Animals beginning on January 6th with a fascinating special guest, Walter Crawford, founder and director of the renowned World Bird Sanctuary. Listen to us live on WGNU 920 AM on your radio dial or live streaming via www.wgnu920am.com.
Wishing everyone a Very Happy New Year! Much happiness, abundant blessings, prosperity and a lifetime of love! Here's to all the desires of your heart being fulfilled...and my very best, always!
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There is an opinion that emotions involve thinking, physiological changes, and expressing themselves in behavior. Accordingly, there are theories, such as the James-Lange theory or the Facial Feedback theory, which try to explain why and how emotions are experienced. Scientists do not agree in their opinions. Consequently, since it is difficult to apply the existing theories to people’s behavior, it is even more difficult to apply any of them to that of animals.
Considering that emotions involve expressing themselves in behavior, it can be assumed that animals do experience emotions. For example, dogs seem to be happy when they are playing and wagging their tails. When an animal is sick, it looks pathetic and sad. Many animals seem to care about the safety of their family, protecting and defending little ones. So, it can be assumed that animals express their emotions through behavior.
However, in the article “How Pet Psychics Work” at HowStuffWorks.com Tracy V. Wilson outlines that many scientists see these kinds of behaviors as instinctive, but not related to what people call emotions in relation to humans. This view suggests that animals simply respond to different incentives correspondingly, as their instincts prompt them.
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Emotions that Animals Feel
It has been stated that animals, just like people, respond differently to different environments and situations. A 2005 InnovationsReport.com article by Shonagh Wilkie “Animals and Humans Experience the Same Emotions” states that animals emotionally respond to external stimuli, and, similarly to humans, can be stressed or anxious in extreme situations.
Animals help and comfort each other, feel empathy. Besides, in his TheBark.com article “Do Animals Have Emotions?” Mark Bekoff, PhD, even argues that animals can be moral creatures, that they understand the difference between good and bad. Though different animals experience and express emotions differently, the fact defined by the scientists is that they do experience emotions.
So, though animals cannot explain what they feel, they can show it. Maybe animals do not realize why or how they experience emotions, but they express emotions in their look and
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