An example of the relationship that can be had with animals and our self-esteem, I remember a story by Edgar Allan Poe, “The black cat.” It is a short story that can be read in a few minutes, by the way, it favors our mental activity.
The plot is about a man who finds a cat on the street and picks it up to take it home, at first he loved it very much but as he picks up the vice of alcohol and destroys his life little by little, he stops being kind to him. the animal and begins to mistreat it until he ends up killing it in a drunken rage. The protagonist reflects his self-esteem in his empathy and love for animals, so when he destroys his love for himself, he loses that love for animals.
Animal abuse can be a manifestation of low self-esteem. So by mistreating me, I mistreated myself.
In the work: Animals”- NosliwRasec, says how an animal is delicate, and just like human beings who are also part of the animal kingdom, animals have feelings and emotions.
In the work: “Animal Abuse” – Nuria Madrigal, explains how animal abuse hurts human beings negatively. People who abuse develop neurological problems such as depression and low self-esteem. She points out that hitting or any other type of animal abuse lowers the levels of our neurotransmitters such as: oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, endorphins.
These hormones and neurotransmitters are essential to feel happy. Mistreating our fellow man causes problems in our body chemistry and causes people to develop mental problems that make them feel worthless, depressed and with low self-esteem.
Being kind to our fellow human beings, whether they are people, cats, dogs, or any living being, benefits our nervous system.
Caring for and respecting animals is part of our mental health. Places like slaughterhouses where animals are slaughtered, or farms where pigs, chickens, cows or any other are abused and kept in unworthy conditions, finally those who hurt them are also hurting their mental health. By mistreating ourselves, we mistreat ourselves. Violence breeds violence, love breeds love.
We must respect not only to be respected but to maintain a healthy mind and with it a healthy self-esteem.
Adalberto Gutierrez | Agricultural engineer