Between the ages of six to eight, we are developing the prime skills that are associated with the ability to theorize the mental state of other individuals that we interact with. The importance of theory of mind relates to how we need to be able to be empathetic about another person’s mental state in order to realize why they may interact the way that they do. There are some exceptions to this ability though, such as some cases of Autism and Schizophrenia.
- One important social and cognitive skill that has to be learned is the theory of mind as it involves thinking about both our own and others’ mental states.
- Theory of mind is not only thinking about the thoughts but also understanding that other people’s thoughts and beliefs may be different from your own.
- These skill is called the theory of mind because psychologists have understand that what we think might be going on in other people’s mind is just theories.
“Forging a strong theory of mind plays an important role in our social worlds as we work to understand how people think, to predict their behavior, to engage in social relationships, and to solve interpersonal conflicts.”