[Zettel Feedback] Dogs are reactive to strong personas
202201260740 Dogs are reactive to strong personas
In my experience, dogs respond when people have built a strong persona. It is no different with us humans. People who have a strong persona come across to us as dishonest, insincere, insecure and/or generally untrustworthy.
However, we humans have a special tolerance for people with strong personas because we usually have a personas ourselves. In a sense, we humans play a kind of social poker game and are familiar with the rules. We are, in a sense, talented and skilled at interacting with untrustworthy people. We have the security of being practiced.
Dogs, on the other hand, have no persona. The difference between a publicly displayed mask (persona) and a self hidden behind it is not understandable by them. What they do see, however, is a contradictory and untrustworthy person. This does not mean that this person is evil. A person who is insecure and has learned to cover up his insecurity arouses the distrust of dogs just like the false fuff.
The dog's behavior, of course, depends on its dispositions. Some suspicious dogs keep their distance. Other dogs seek contact and try to resolve in their own way what seems contradictory to them (the suspicious person): playing, defensive barking, scuffling at, approaching cautiously and skittishly, and so on.
This is my interpretation of the fact that dogs react unusually well to me. As a human, I tick off often because I don't have much persona. Some people like that ("With Sascha you always know where you stand."), other people, who put a lot of emphasis on their persona, don't like that (no judgement! Shyness or insecurity are not crimes). But dogs react unusually positively to me. My dog also thawed out quickly towards me, even though she is extremely distrustful.
My cousin is also a person who just is who she is. On top of that, she is a calm and sweet person. With no one but me, my dog thawed out faster.
Outside there are only two people who can touch Lëini: Both are older men, who are quiet, nice men, but above all are just the way they are. She is less afraid of women, as is typical for a rescue dog, but even here she tends to show ignorance and no trusting behavior with any woman (so far). Towards a middle-aged man, she's fine and has never shown any suspicious behavior. One would not suspect it because he is loud and coarse blockhead. But he is just honest, direct without any mask.
This is a raw note that I wrote this morning. Please critique my note.
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