Do Animals Laugh Or Cry

priyanks By priyanks, 25th Jul 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you have a pet, such as a cat or a dog, you may become so attached to it that in time you almost feel it's "human". That is, you begin to think it can express the way it feels in terms of human emotions, such as crying, or perhaps even laughing.

Laughing or Crying Animals?

Crying and laughing are human ways of expressing emotions and no animals have this way. Of course, we know that animals can whimper and whine when they are hurt, but crying involves the production of tears with this emotion, and animals cannot do this.
This doesn't mean that animals don't have the tear fluid in their eyes. But it is used to irrigate the cornea of the eye. A creature must be a thinking and emotionally sensitive person to cry. Even children begin to cry only when they learn to think and feel. An infant yells, but he is not crying.
Crying is a substitute for speaking. When we cannot say what we feel, we cry. It is a reflex that happens despite ourselves and that helps us "get out" what we feel.
Laughter is also a human phenomenon. Some animals may give the impression that they laugh, but it is not at all like human laughter. The reason is that man always laughs at something, and this means that a certain mental process or emotion is involved. Animals are incapable of having such a mental process or emotion.
For example, when we laugh at a joke, or at a "funny" sight, our minds or our emotions make it seem laughable. In fact, there are many kinds of laughter, and many reasons why we laugh. We may laugh at the ridiculous (a big, fat man with a tiny umbrella), or at the comic (a clown), or at the humorous (a joke), and so on. We may even laugh in scorn.
Psychologists also believe that laughter is a social phenomenon. We laugh when we are part of a group that finds something amusing. Animals, of course, cannot resort to laughter for any of those reasons.


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author avatar Denise O
27th Jul 2011 (#)

I agree, they can not literally laugh or cry but, they show their emotions in other ways. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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