Everyday Mind Reading: Understanding What Other People Think and Feel
Everyday Mind Reading: Understanding What Other People Think and Feel. William Ickes. Prometheus Books, 2003. 349 pp. $25, hardcover. The title doesn’t refer to the outrageous antics of “psychic readers,” but to the natural human abilities that we often call intuition or empathy. The author (professor of psychology, University of Texas at Arlington) has been studying such matters for fifteen years, and this is his summary of that research. He developed an innovative video-based procedure for measuring people’s empathic inferences and used the procedures to study different aspects of everyday mind reading. He explores the validity of the belief in women’s intuition, why twins have similar thoughts and feelings, and broader questions such as, are there ways of detecting when someone has a hidden agenda? And how research on everyday mind reading can be applied to improving parenting skills, improving counseling, or even sales and marketing.
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