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The Other Mind – Part 3 of 3 | Get Inside The Other Mind

Primates Learn by Watching

Primates Learn by Watching

Primates mimic. That is how we learn. Do as I say, not as I do is not an effective parenting method because children learn by observing and imitating. If they see you smoke, they are twice as likely to take up the habit.

 Imitation and mimicry are a natural part of primate instinct — it saves a great deal of time. Read More

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The Other Mind – Part Two | Are the Trustworthy too Trusting?

Madoff

Madoff

In the first section of this article I focused on understanding ‘the other mind’ when communicating or crafting a message. Now, I will focus on a danger of ‘the other mind’ — the way trust works.

Unfortunately, people who are trustworthy are often too trusting. Conversely, those who can not be trusted, are frequently skeptical, doubting and have a hard time trusting anyone.

This is another ‘problem of the other mind’ and results directly from the idea that people fail to remember that everyone has their own view of the world. Read More

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Understanding the ‘Other Mind‘ – Part 1

The Other Mind

The Other Mind

I first remember considering the concept of ‘the other mind’ when I was a little boy trying to manage the insanity of growing up with alcoholism and good old fashion dysfunction. I remember thinking, as a kid, that I had to find different methods for communicating my thoughts or ideas to others — methods more in line with their very different ways of thinking. It was clear to me, from a very young age, that people see the world differently from one another. Read More