Do you often try to guess what the person next to you is thinking? You might be good at mind-reading motivation (MRM), a newly developed term for the practice of observing and interpreting pieces of social information. MRM is an totally new construct – offered by Green and her coauthors J.M. Carpenter at the University of Pennsylvania and T. Vacharkulksemsuk at Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
MRM is the tendency to engage with the mental states and perspectives of others. According to M.Green being high in MRM has many social benefits, including better teamwork, Individuals high in MRM enjoy reflecting on others’ thoughts based on a number of social cues they might receive. As opposed to them those low in MRM dislike or have no interest in doing so. MRM is about the motivation to engage with other minds, and is different from the ability to accurately interpret others’ cues.
People high in MRM consider people in great detail and have a comprehensive understanding of those around them.
Those high in MRM create full psychological portraits of people, as used to do with F.Dostoevski, V.Hugo. High MRM people pay more attention to messages with an identifiable source. On the other hand, low MRM people seem to pay more attention to more impersonal information.
- Jordan M. Carpenter, Melanie C. Green, Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk. Beyond perspective-taking: Mind-reading motivation. Motivation and Emotion, 2016; 40 (3): 358․