A major developmental moment: the ability to understand that other people have different thoughts to our own.
- 'Theory of mind' is the ability to realise the thoughts, feelings and experiences of others – and that they are different from our own
- Before the age of 3 or 4 a child can only think about themselves
- Tests have shown that children below the age of 3 are unable to imagine what other people do or don't know
- The ability to imagine other people's minds marks the transition from babyhood to childhood
Until the age of around 3 or 4, our brains have still not developed a crucial ability.
It is one that completely changes how we see the world around us, and affects how we live the rest of our lives.
It is called 'theory of mind'.
Theory of mind is the ability to ...