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Monday, May 13, 2002

Theory of Mind and Asperger's

Theory of Mind doesn't quite cut it for explaining AS individuals' lack of social skills.  The trick to being seen as socially effective is not really to "be a good listener" but rather to "appear" to be a good listener.  The socially effective person (SEP) attends to relevant stimuli (e.g., pauses, vocal intensity, non-verbals) and responds in kind.  Any clinician knows that you don't really listen to content all the's just not possible to catch every word when you're seeing 7 or 8 hours of clients in a day.  So, the SEP doesn't have to "know" what others are thinking or feeling (a la Theory of Mind).  This model misses the point.
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