Feeling and emotions are part of a person’s everyday life. Some people choose to express them openly others are able to do so in a subdued way. In most a times, to even a great extent, we are defined by how well or terribly we can express our feelings. You have often heard of terms such as short tempered, cool among others, all used in an effort to describe different people. The underlining point of reference here is their different ways of expressing feelings and emotions. In a bid to fully understand this component, commonly the gratitude component, scientists embarked in studying this element in animals in the 20th century. Interestingly however, contrary to the human stereotyping of animals, several animals, are able to express their emotions in such an intriguing manner.
In the book Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff and Jessica Pierce, they endeavour to discuss the moral lives of wild animals. Different animals are shown to have done various things that can be qualified and explained on the basis of expressing their emotions and feelings, otherwise morality. It is to some extent however, not befitting to term it as morality per se, and that’s why scientists prefer prosocial behaviour as the best describing term, which is basically the act of doing something that benefits another individual. A story is told of a cat named Libby, which used to help an elderly, deaf and blind dog friend by the name Cashew, to evade obstacles among other things. In this case, the cat is able to show empathy to the old dog.
Relationship to fear factor has also been widely shown to influence the way in which people and interestingly animals do their things. Come to think of it, would you at any point think of using a route that has for a long time been earmarked as a valley of death? Your guess is as mine. In the same manner, the level of inner or outer fear, determines the things one is involved in.