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

A Riddle For All Ages

By Kaja Perina on August 03, 2015 in 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 in 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?

By Colin Ellard Ph.D. on May 08, 2015 in Mind Wandering
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.

How to Respond When Your Partner's Bark Feels Like a Bite

The closer your attachment to someone, the more an effect their words will have on you. So assuming you’re in a committed relationship, how your partner addresses you can closely connect to how good, or secure, you feel about yourself. Moreover, given the nature of intimate relationships, your partner is as likely to be reactive to your words as you are to theirs...

Want to Damage Your Relationship? Here Are 2 Easy Ways

By Douglas LaBier Ph.D. on February 24, 2015 in The New Resilience
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 in 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 in 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?

By Sean M. Horan Ph.D. on January 14, 2015 in Adventures in Dating
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 in 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 in 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

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on September 18, 2014 in Talking About Trauma
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 in 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.

Three Ways We Can All Become Better Teachers

By Jonathan Wai Ph.D. on September 02, 2014 in Finding the Next Einstein
When we think of a teacher, we often think of our childhoods and desks, and the person at the head of the classroom. But in many ways all of us are teachers in so many aspects of everyday life. Whenever we want to educate someone about something, or help them understand our perspective or point of view, drawing from the craft of teaching can be helpful.

Eleven Ways REBT Can Help Anorexia

By Pamela D. Garcy Ph.D. on June 23, 2014 in Fearless You
Because anorexia is fed by distressing and inaccurate thinking, therapies such as REBT, which teach patients how to think, may be useful to people with this condition.

Coping With a Breakup: 10 Tips for Men

By Alice Boyes Ph.D. on June 12, 2014 in In Practice
These ten tips are aimed at helping men who have recently separated from a long term partner. Men often feel shocked by a breakup and feel very intense emotions in the first few weeks of being newly single. Try these tips to help you start to process what has happened, and feel calmer.