All About Mind Reading

"Mindsight" or "empathic accuracy" is the seemingly magical ability to map someone's mental terrain from their words, emotions, and body language. Those on the autism spectrum or those afflicted with psychotic disorders struggle mightily to read minds. And even the most socially intelligent are easily thrown off, because we've evolved to deceive others, and, if we're especially invested in someone, to deceive ourselves.

Recent Posts on Mind Reading

This Is Your Brain at 100%

By Kevin Bennett on November 21, 2015 Modern Minds
Is your brain operating at only 10% capacity? Here is why the answer is a lot like Bigfoot.

How to Deal With Abusive, Narcissistic and Hostile Bosses

The best way to deal with abusive, hostile and narcissistic bosses is to create ways to become emotionally disengaged; "indifferent" to your own emotional reactions. Here are some ways to do that and create positive responses to an unhealthy situation — as long as you remain within it.

The Stigma of Mental "Illness," Part 2

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on September 04, 2015 The I-M Approach
With our deeper knowledge of Theory of Mind it is time to move away from the concept of pathology. As long as we keep seeing people as "sick", we should not be surprised that many are resistant to treatment. We are interested in what other people think or feel about us. All of us. This story of a man with schizophrenia illustrates the power of The I-M Approach.

A Riddle For All Ages

By Kaja Perina on August 03, 2015 Brainstorm
When my son was old enough to understand the basic concept of infinity (but hardly its nuance), he presented me with a “trick riddle.”

7 Reasons You May Not Get What You Need

If you have trouble expressing your needs it's not necessarily because you're an introvert, but some introverted behaviors might contribute to the problem.

Shortcut to Understanding Others

Speed Dating With Speed Testing

Reading Too Much Into the Real Face Book

We know that autistics have deficits in interpreting facial expression, but now we also know that, as predicted by the diametric model, people with schizotypal traits do the opposite and exaggerate facial expression.

The Real Turing Test: Curing Computer Autism

People would accept that machines could think if a mentalistic user-interface could be engineered to give computers the skills that autistics lack.

How To Read People’s Minds: Everyday Mind Reading

Although there is no sound evidence for ESP, there is evidence that we can develop our perceptual skills and become better at reading other people’s feelings and thoughts. Here’s how to become an everyday mindreader.

Diametric Mentalizing Imaged in Autistic & Psychotic Brains

As predicted by the diametric model, brain scanning reveals hyper-active mentalism in schizophrenics but the opposite in autistics.

Lobotomy Cuts Both Ways (Diametrically Speaking)!

A patient cured of epilepsy by brain surgery acquired hyper-mentalistic symptoms as implied by the diametric model and predicted by the imprinted brain theory.

8 Tips for Amateur Psychologists

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 Ambigamy
"Don't psychologize or psychoanalyze me!" What's behind that ban and what can people interested in psychology do about it.

Reassessing Asperger's

A person with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) has difficulty with Theory of Mind: our ability to appreciate another person's point of view. But AS people can be very adept at noticing what people think and feel about them. This is a different perspective on perspective: that we are more interested in what people think or feel about us and later about what they think or feel.

Can Machines 'Read' People Better Than We Can?

We are being bombarded by accounts of new technology that can read our feelings by measuring facial expressions, voice qualities, and more. Not only do accounts of such tools seem to oversimplify one of the most complex aspects of human behavior, but to the extent that we buy into them, they run the risk of allowing us to cheapen our idea of what it means to be human.

12 Ways Eye Movements Give Away Your Secrets

Eye movements unconsciously give away your secret personal information.

If Selfish Genes Build Brains, Why Aren’t We All Solipsists?

Contrary to what you might think, the “selfish gene” paradigm does not imply that we should be self-centered to the point of believing that only we exist.

Want to Damage Your Relationship? Here Are 2 Easy Ways

Troubled couples who seek therapy often show patterns of withdrawal and silent expectation when dealing with conflict; a kind of dance that deepens the damage to their relationships. New research shows how that happens.

Why Happy People Often Seem Tone Deaf To Negative Emotions

By David DiSalvo on January 31, 2015 Neuronarrative
A new study finds that feeling positive doesn’t make you any better at empathy than others, and in some ways it’s a handicap.

Best Parenting Books of 2014?

By Polly Palumbo Ph.D. on January 26, 2015 Momma Data
Do you avoid parenting books? Do you devour them? In either case, here are some books worth reading that aren't the typical "how to parent" fodder. These thought-provoking selections question what we know about brain science, adolescence, child vaccinations, anxiety and postpartum depression among other topics. No potty training or self-esteem building tips included.

Hyper-mentalism in Children Reporting Psychotic Experiences

Hyper-mentalism can be present in childhood as a new study reveals, but only the diametric model of mental illness reveals its positive aspects.

Do You Need Your Partner to Be a Mind Reader?

New research examines mind reading expectations in relationships and associated reactions. How does this relate to combative responses and the silent treatment? Read on to learn more.

Kindness in Kids and The Nature-Nurture Debate

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on December 14, 2014 Moral Landscapes
Lucy wants Charlie's toy. He gives it to her, happily. Is his kindness nature or nurture?

The Missing Link for Satisfying, Healthy Love

Without doing this, healthy love won't last!

The X Factor Explains Androgyny in Male Asperger’s

Feminization in some male Asperger’s cases contradicts the extreme male brain theory but conforms to expectations of lingering maternal imprints on the X chromosome.

Are Men Really More Intelligent Than Women?

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on October 12, 2014 A Sideways View
Perhaps the most contentious area in the whole of psychology concerns group differences (gender, race) in intelligence. It an area that triggers more passion than light as the biologists take on the environmentalists. What positions do people take on this topic?

New Insights Into the Genetics of Schizophrenia

Last month, a new veil was lifted from the mysterious and devastating disease of schizophrenia. If this research holds true on reexamination, we might be taking the first steps toward isolating the pathology of a major psychiatric disorder, as infectious disease doctors did a hundred and fifty years ago with the development of germ theory.

Say and Mean These Three Words To Fall Back in Love

Do you long for that feeling of being in love again? Don't just say "I love you." You need to first say this to fall back in love.

New EEG Technology Makes for Better Brain Reading

Recent technological advancements may soon have a profound impact on how mental health practitioners diagnose mental illness.

Do You Want to Be a Better Communicator?

By Sherry Hamby Ph.D. on September 08, 2014 The Web of Violence
How to be an active listener and ask questions so people feel heard, not blamed. For providers of all types and anyone else who would like to be more supportive.