Believe it or not a fair number of studies have been conducted involving pet-human interactions, and yes, you can over do it.
Whether Miley’s been over-doing her grief for her departed pooch is debatable, but when you are a mega-rich celebrity with a strong sense of entitlement, nothing may seem over the top.
Miley took her grief to a new level Saturday night (Apr. 6) during her concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. She appeared on stage with a huge inflatable replica of her dog that must have been 45- to 50-feet tall.
She sang her hit “Can’t Be Tamed” as she circled the pet, at one point collapsing at its feet.
“That was the hardest song of the night to do. As y’all know, because I lost my Floydie this week… Sometimes I just can’t stop from breaking down crying,” she told the crowd.
“But it’s so healing for me to be here with you,” she added.
The process of becoming over-attached to a pet is related to “anthropomorphism,” a clinical term for imbuing animals with human characteristics.
A study conducted in Israel found that people with high anxiety showed extremes in their emotional reactions to pets. People high in attachment anxiety showed more chronic, unresolved grief, according to Psychology Today.
Strong attachment to a pet is a way to foster safety, security and survival. In return a pet provides unconditional love, companionship and interaction.
In Miley’s world the death of Floyd may have laid bare all her raw insecurities.
“I wanna sleep, but all I can do is cry. I never wanna go home to a house where Floyd isn’t running & playing. how do I get thru this?” she wrote on Twitter. “I feel physically sick & I am so emotionally and physically exhausted.”
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