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  1. #1 Why do we speak to children and animals in a similar way? 
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    Personally, When I speak to children I tend to speak in a softer and more pleasant way than I do to adults... This is also apparent in other adults aswell. The same effect goes for animals especially dogs, cats and animals like horses, sheep. Can anyone give us a reason why this behaviour occurs? thank you.


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    Because they are to dumb to understand rational speech and logic, and it is easier to convey them your intentions with emotions.

    That is my guess atleast.


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    Emotions is quite on spot indeed, imo if you're talking to a child you are obliged to talk in a softer way as opposed to adults for the simple reason that you 'care' or feel the need to care about said child.

    If you go even younger, babies, you'll note the caring and they get, it's all coochie-coo from there, whereas children growing up to 11-12 it's still soft but not exactly çoochie-coo level.
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    Children recognize this coochie-coo high-pitched manner of speaking as a signal that the person adressing them will play to the rules of the safe world we normally surround young children with. "Normal" adult talk might alarm a child, who will think she is being thrown into the deep and not-so-friendly waters of the world at large.
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    because animals and children are innocent. This is what children and animals have in common.
    By the way, I think you shouldn't speak with children like an idiot... with animals is ok, but bot with children.
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    Some animals appear to disply slightly altered behavior when perceiving a nearby baby, like a safety switch, causing less agression, motherly behavior even in males, and the trigger need not be accurate, a small animal of a completely diffent species but of the right size. Small pets perhaps trigger a subconscious baby association.

    Personaly my voice goes to a higher pitch, i dont know if its mimicing a femaleish or less threaning tone or if its a subconscious attempt to mimic the baby voice.
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    I just read about this, and like a lot of behaviors, some have discovered such to be somehow within the province of our genes... moderated, influenced, controlled or whatever.

    Could it be instinctual for us, since it seems so "natural" to speak that way?
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  9. #8 Re: Why do we speak to children and animals in a similar way 
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmattersphere
    Personally, When I speak to children I tend to speak in a softer and more pleasant way than I do to adults... This is also apparent in other adults aswell. The same effect goes for animals especially dogs, cats and animals like horses, sheep. Can anyone give us a reason why this behaviour occurs? thank you.
    Because they are overly emotional based creatures, and a primary way of identifying intent is your voice, if it's growling it's most likely hostile, but if it's soft it doesn't pose the same threat.
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