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Seven Keys to Imagination by Piero Morosini

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art the challenging art of perspective taking

On the eve of the 21st century, psychological research distinguished between two different ways of “perspective taking” – in other words, perceiving someone else's situation. On the one hand, an “imagine-self perspective” occurs when you imagine how you would see a situation were you in the other's position and experience how you would feel as a result. On the other, an “imagine-other perspective” takes place when you imagine how another person sees and feels his or her situation.1 Both forms of perspective taking are distinct from what psychologists call a “theory of mind”; that is, a series of perception-based ...

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