Friday, July 11, 2008

Anthropomorphizing on the Trail

When I first saw this scene, a sulpher butterfly flying over to view a crushed companion, I imagined it to be grieving. When I thought about it, I realized that it could be curious or even gleeful (schadenfreude). Then I realized that I was thinking about it too much and wondered, do other folks, especially non-therapists muse like this? What say you?
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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

no grief here....relief...fight or flight.....

rissalynn said...

My thoughts would be much like yours, but you cant go by me, I work in psycholoy too

Andrew said...

I'm no mental health professional but I tend to think that an insect's daily experience is rather different than our own. Not to say that they're not capable of emotion but it might be pretty different than what we experience.

That said, it's tough to imagine what exactly the butterfly might be feeling without some more background information about the insects' relationship, or else the ability to read butterfly body language or facial expressions. Probing your readership for answers may prove telling about human emotion moreso than butterfly emotion, I imagine.....

Heather said...

When one goose from a flock gets sick and has to stop flying, another goose from the flock will join it and wait with it until the sick goose dies or gets well. So, nature does nurture...