We refer to the collection of unique quirks and qualities in another human as their “personality.”
In our vast egocentrism as a species I can’t seem to find a word for the equivalent in pets.
Each of our 11 (yes 11) pets has a distinct way about them that differentiates them from others. Yet! The only word I have to describe it is their “personality”!
For one species to project its sense of identity upon another is so devaluing to the relationship. It misses a lot in favor of the world view of the person. Ya with me?
Now imagine someone with ADHD or ASD who is having an intense experience but doesn’t have the word to describe what they’re thinking or feeling.
If you can’t name it how can you describe it? How can you see it clearly, understand it or appreciate it?
If tears could only be described in reference to sadness because we lacked a word for happiness, so much of the human experience would be muddied and go unshared.
Our experience of life is shaped as much by the words we have as the words we don’t.