Humans are naturally designed to love, coexist, and be cautious of animals. We are all part of a big family nurtured by Mother Earth. No wonder all of us have a favorite animal. But what do they say about our personality?
Our favorite animal is a reflection of who we are
If you love animals, then chances are you have a favorite one from among the diverse species that exist on our beautiful planet. It may be a domestic or a wild animal, but you know deep in your heart that you love and adore them. You like how they look, how they behave, their attitude, and the way they are. You can even relate to them in some way as our liking is mostly geared towards their personality. Yup, that’s right. Science reveals that every animal has a unique personality and this is the factor that plays a huge role in the selection of our favorite furry or scaly being. Every animal has a distinct personality and characteristic traits that are associated only with them. Some are strong and courageous while others are friendly and empathetic. “Personality is not a uniquely human characteristic and it has been documented in a wide range of organisms, from mammals to birds, reptiles, fish, and invertebrates,” explains a recent 2021 study. Your preference of a particular favorite animal over the others shows that you share certain personality traits with them.
Studies reveal that human-animal interactions can positively affect our thoughts, emotions, and moods, improve our mental and physical health, increase trustworthiness, improve learning, reduce aggression and improve our empathy levels. A recent 2021 study has found that human-animal interactions during the COVID-19 lockdown phase had a positive impact on the improvement of our wellbeing and mental health and caused sadness and grief at the loss of an animal during this period. With over 50% of all households in the Western world having a pet or a companion animal, it is no wonder that they have become such an important part of our lives and significantly affect our health, emotions, mood, perceptions, and personality as well.
What your favorite animal says about your personality
We usually pick our favorite animal when we are children while learning about the amazing animal kingdom. As we grow and learn about them more, we adore and respect them even more for their specific characteristics which often reflect in us. However, it should be noted that the personality traits mentioned above are solely for entertainment purposes and may not be scientifically accurate or classified. These are meant to give you an idea about common tendencies in humans and animals.
Here is what your favorite animal says about your imagination and personality –
Love dogs? Then it means you’re loyal, friendly, kind, playful, agreeable, outgoing, energetic, and a caring individual. You are an extrovert who loves to socialize with your loved ones and you love your family. You enjoy relationships and companionship. You are assertive, confident and know how to stand up for yourself. You are protective in relationships and can do anything to defend your family & friends. Just like dogs, you are empathetic, positive and a loving person who cares about others selflessly. However, you can easily feel lonely or bored when no one is around and feel sad when rejected or isolated. Although you have a carefree attitude, you have trouble having an open mind. Regardless, you always look on the bright side of people and situations.
For people whose favorite animal are cows, love is the most important thing in life. You love to love others and be loved in return. You enjoy different things about life and prefer to enjoy the little things and moments that make life meaningful & memorable. You are brave, assertive, stubborn and can be devious when needed. You prefer to take the lead and be in charge but can be considered bossy at times. You are cool, composed and creative and value your health. You are fun to be around and value your friendships and relationships.
Researchers have found that fish can have personality based on behavioral consistency. If you have fish as pets, then it shows that you are an optimistic, calm, content and emotionally resilient individual. You are a grateful person who knows how to be satisfied and happy with what you have and yet strive to explore new horizons, just like how your finned friends explore the vast expanse of the ocean. You have an excellent sense of humor, and are intelligent and smart. Although you are not materialistic, you know what you want in life. You value living a routine life, being comfortable with yourself and understanding your own worth.
If “meow” is your favorite sound, then you are a free-spirited rebel. You are a goal-oriented and motivated person who can face any obstacle to pursue their dreams. Similar to your favorite felines, you love being independent, prefer competing tasks by yourself, love to take the lead and tend to be curious. You are a highly intelligent individual who doesn’t seek attention but is loving towards your family. You enjoy living in solitude just like your low-maintenance cat. You are a born leader who is creative, funny, adventurous and is always hunting for the next big opportunity. However, you are likely to be an introverted, anxious and neurotic individual who has a penchant for breaking rules.