Thinking About Others’ Thoughts

by vortexspectacular

“There is a second problem that is maybe even more familiar to us as parents and teachers and spouses and novelists.  Which is, ‘Why is it so hard to know what somebody else wants or believes?’  Or perhaps, more relevantly, ‘Why is it so hard to change what somebody else wants or believes?’

I think novelists put this best.  Like Philip Roth, who said ‘And yet, what are we to do about this terribly significant business of other people?  So ill-equipped are we all, to envision one another’s interior workings and invisible aims.'”

Rebecca Saxe:  How We Read Other’s Minds

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