Anthropomorphism, for those of you who don't already know, includes the bestowing of a human personality on a non-human thing eg. an object or animal.
We all do it all the time, without even thinking about it. We swear at inanimate objects which won't co-operate - just like I almost did at my watch which was clacking on the side of the laptop until I threw it off in annoyance. We expect our animals to understand when we've had a hard day at work, and why we don't want them dragging their water-dribbling mouths across our study books. We name our cars (well, sometimes) and talk to birds and plants as if they understand what we're saying.
We often don't understand why others react in situations differently from how we would react. 'How could they have done that?' 'Oh my goodness what possessed her to buy that coat'. 'Look at the way that idiot man is driving' 'That woman was so rude'. We attribute other people with our own values and beliefs and assume everybody thinks the same way, but they don't. I suppose we think that our way of seeing the world is the right way, so people who don't are somehow inferior.
Today I heard on the news a judge describe a murderer as displaying an "extraordinary and chilling lack of remorse". Oh really?
Reading the news story, Andrew Lindo strikes me as having psychopathic tendencies or similar. None of his behaviour was that of a 'normal' human being - from the double life, to the murder to the huge lies he told to family and friends. Yet the judge was surprised that he showed no remorse? Did he expect Lindo to turn round and say "I'm really sorry, I didn't mean to do it"? Did he really think it extraordinary that he did not?
Is it realistic to expect a psychopath to show remorse - I suspect not. By definition, a psychopath does not have the same social values or way of thinking as the average person. Why then do we expect them to suddenly react like an average person?
Is that not the same as expecting a dog to apologise for coming in without wiping his feet?