I wonder if the personification of the immaterial, as well as idolatry, is a consequence of the disregard for the person. Or perhaps the distinction between spirit and body prevents the whole person from being perceived. German has an interesting word, “Gestalt.” I think it was used to define a kind of psychological perspective. But, in everyday use, it refers to something more substantial, an entity as it is perceived. “Gestell,” refers to structure and/or posture. What in English might be called body language. In either case it is a unified whole composed of components that are visually perceived.

My mother used to say “mach nicht so ein Gestel.” By which she meant I should not be objecting to or resisting whatever she was trying to do to me. She was an intrusive person who did not respect boundaries. A recent acquaintance had the same habit and I found myself repulsed. The pandemic provided an excuse for making it obvious.

When my mother got too intrusive with her dog, under the auspices of looking for fleas, it bit her. She took it as evidence that the dog liked me more than her.

How to account for people being able to ascribe motivation to others while never even considering their own?