I do too, but it’s extremely limited. I understand highly patterned people the best: the people that follow various repeating scripts. I take the time to learn their scripts and then I can interact with them better. Until I know their scripts, I limit myself to whatever is the standard situational script (work, home, at a restaurant, group of friends of a friend, stranger-on-a-bus). When I was little, I just assumed everybody thought what I thought and if they didn’t, there was something desperately wrong with them and I’d steer clear. Mindblindness they call it but I don’t believe that’s a good term at all. Over the years though, I realized people are very stereotyped – probably due to a book “Scripts people play” on the back of my toilet as a kid – or maybe “I’m ok / your ok” – some kind of positive psychology – along with what I learned from Joseph Campbell and common mythologies. Good shortcuts for people scripts. So, that’s how I infer beliefs. I try to figure out what script they’re reading from and anticipate “what’s my line?” and hope for the best.

 I do too, but it’s extremely limited.
I understand highly patterned people the best: the people that follow various repeating scripts.
I take the time to learn their scripts and then I can interact with them better. Until I know their scripts, I limit myself to whatever is the standard situational script (work, home, at a restaurant, group of friends of a friend, stranger-on-a-bus).
When I was little, I just assumed everybody thought what I thought and if they didn’t, there was something desperately wrong with them and I’d steer clear.
Mindblindness they call it but I don’t believe that’s a good term at all.
Over the years though, I realized people are very stereotyped – probably due to a book “Scripts people play” on the back of my toilet as a kid – or maybe “I’m ok / your ok” – some kind of positive psychology – along with what I learned from Joseph Campbell and common mythologies.
Good shortcuts for people scripts.
So, that’s how I infer beliefs. I try to figure out what script they’re reading from and anticipate “what’s my line?” and hope for the best.
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If you could tie my experience into Pierce’s philosophy, that’d be great. I couldn’t tie my life experiences into Simon Baron-Cohen’s Theory of Mind — the supposed expert on autism for decades. His Emotional Quotient material is good but I think he’s misrepresented the lived experiences of autistic people with his “mindblindness” notion.
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