Acknowledging that other people’s inner worlds exist is just the start. We also strive to understand what these inner worlds are like. Mind perception is foundational - one of our most important tasks as social creatures is to understand the inner worlds of other people.
It's long been thought that to better understand others, we have to put ourselves aside. This may be literally true. These findings suggest that this ability is much more cognitive than we may have assumed: mentalization is predicated on the ability to suppress our own egocentricity.
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