August 19, 2014


Art of Manliness Podcast #77: Mindwise With Juliana Schroeder

In today’s episode I talk to Juliana Schroeder, PhD candidate at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, about our brain’s evolved ability to read the minds of others. This mind-reading ability of ours is what makes social interaction possible. For example, it’s how we figure out if someone is angry at us even if they don’t explicitly say they’re steamed. Her research with Nicholas Epley, author of Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want, has uncovered some fascinating insights about the human mind. Juliana and I discuss some of those insights today.

Show Highlights:

  • How we’re evolved to read the minds of others
  • How we still make mistakes and cognitive errors when trying to read the minds of others
  • How increased status makes us dehumanize or see others as mindless boobs (and how we can prevent increased status from turning us into jerks)
  • Why we pretend like a person standing right next to us in a subway train isn’t really there (and why we should actually try striking up a conversation with that person)
  • Why “walk a mile in the shoes of another” to understand someone else’s perspective is actually terrible advice
  • How we’re terrible at reading our own minds
  • And much more!

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