The Golden Rule vs. “Theory of Mind”

North of Andover

Stated in plain English, the Golden Rule says, Treat other people the way you want to be treated. The implication is that, since we all want to be treated the same way, each of us treating others the way we would want to be treated if we were in their shoes is a sure way to make sure we all get what we want.

I’m sure some of you reading this post can already see serious problems with that assumption…

Obviously, we don’t all want exactly the same kind of treatment. Extroverts want to be invited to all the big parties; introverts would rather you just called them on the phone (or better yet, texted or emailed) and arranged a time for the two of you to hang out together. Some of us want hugs to cheer us up when we’re unhappy, and some of us want even our…

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