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The first is defined as

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A figure of speech in which inanimate objects or abstractions are endowed with human qualities or are represented as possessing human form.


The second is

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Attribution of human motivation, characteristics, or behavior to inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.


I know there is some difference between the two, but from the definitions, it isn't quite clear to me.
 
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My understanding is that calling your car "Betty" is personification, but believing it won't start because it's in a bad mood is anthropomorphism.
 
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