Theory of Mind: How We Learn to Understand Each Other

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As psychologists, coaches, therapists, and humans, we spend a great deal of our time focused on what we and our clients are feeling and thinking.
However, while that’s vital to wellbeing, functioning, and performance across all life domains, so is awareness and understanding of others’ “thoughts, wants, hopes, imagining, and knowing” (Wellman, 2015, p. 2).
‘Theory of mind’ (ToM) is one of the most vital aspects of human life, allowing us to infer other human’s values and goals and predict their behavior (Navarro, 2022).
This article examines the fascinating area of ToM, answering several key questions, including: What is it? Why does it matter? And how do we test for it?
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