Relations between self-understanding and other-understanding: similarities and interactions

Avant, Vol. XI, No. 2, doi: 10.26913/avant.2020.02.07
published under license CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

Adrianna Smurzyńska orcid-id
Jagiellonian University
adrianna.smurzynska @

Received 4 January 2019; accepted 18 November 2019; published Online First 2 February 2020

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Abstract: The aim of this article is to examine the relation between self-understanding and other-understanding. In this context, three theories of mentalization will be considered: theory theory, simulation theory and the person model theory. Two types of issues will be analyzed: (I) whether the abilities involved in self- and other-understanding are identical or diverse and (II) whether the abilities of self- and other-understanding are distinct or intertwined. These questions will be applied to theory theory, simulation theory and the person model theory; they will also be placed in the context of selected research concerning this issue.

Keywords: mentalization; self-understanding; other-understanding; theory theory; simulation theory; person model theory


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