Why do some people develop feelings for unanimate objects?

Why do some people develop feelings for unanimate objects?
This is a question I wanted to ask for a while now.
So far I have met only few people who actually do this - a coworker who collects stuffed dolls and animals and refers to them as her friends, but to be fair she doesn't seem to have much of a social circle and it always felt a little weird when I was at her home for work or lunch and coffee, with all those dolls and stuffed animals staring at us.
My girlfriend herself gives nicknames to the little statuines she crafts, but she has lots of friends and seems socially adjusted.
What about you?
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*inanimate, please forgive my mistake.
Why do some people develop feelings for unanimate objects?
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