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Reading MindsHow Childhood Teaches Us to Understand People$
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Henry M. Wellman

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190878672

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190878672.001.0001

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Theory of Mind at Work

Theory of Mind at Work

(p.139) 13 Theory of Mind at Work
Reading Minds

Henry M. Wellman

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at theory of mind at work. Theory of mind is at work in ways big and small, in ways hidden and obvious. It is a foundation for people’s human way of looking at the world, so whether false or true, whether directed at themselves or at others, it colors their thinking, their institutions, and their basic beliefs. Societally, it shapes legal and moral codes, written and pictorial conventions, and screen media. Individually, it shapes people’s feelings, their gift giving, their teaching and learning, or their failures to learn. It is at work in adults and in children and in the way people can bring together their adult and childhood selves. Ultimately, it is a foundational piece of who we were, who we are, who we will become, and how those knit together.

Keywords:   theory of mind, legal codes, moral codes, screen media, written conventions, pictorial conventions

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