Mindwise: How We Understand What Others Think, Believe, Feel and Want

How good are we at understanding each other? Other people are complicated,  so when we try to guess what they’re thinking we often get it wrong.  Even with our partners!  Research suggests that partners are hardly any better (and sometimes worse) at guessing what each other believe or feel than a stranger. In this wide ranging conversation with Professor Nicholas Epley from Booth School of Business at Chicago University, Craig finds out about empathy, anthropomorphism, hubris and egocentricity. As David Foster Wallace said, in Infinite Jest, “You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realise how seldom they do.” This book is a fascinating exploration of what scientists have learned about our ability to understand the most complicated puzzle on the planet—other people—and the surprising mistakes we so routinely make.