Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?”

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“Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?” https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/canine-corner/201503/do-dog-people-and-cat-people-differ-in-terms-dominance Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. Published on Mar 18, 2015 In the article, “Do Dog People and Cat People Differ in Terms of Dominance?”, the author compared people preferring dog as their pet and people preferring cat as their pet. The author has focused on a study that tried to find the relation between people’s pet preference and their personality trait of social dominance, as in “social dominance orientation”, “interpersonal dominance”, “competitiveness”, and “narcissism”. The study has put an emphasis on the idea of “social dominance orientation”, which is a belief for a structured social relationship, based on the social rank or status, and believe that is appropriate to the society. The result of the study showed that dog people stay high on this category, which explained their preference of dogs as dogs are more submissive to them, “at least to the degree that they obey their commands”. Moreover, the level of competitiveness, or the desire to outperforming others, is also higher among dog owners than cat owners. However, the result didn’t show a decisive difference between dog people and cat people with regards to the tendency to have an aggressive interpersonal behavior, nor a strong feeling of self-importance over their pets or other people. The first thing I’m interested about from this article is the relations between the personality traits of pet owners associated with their pet preference and the generally conceived temperament, or “personalities”, of dogs and cats. The study mentioned in the article has demonstrated that, unlike what people might believe in the first instance in which people choose pets that have the similar personality traits with them, the study made a

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