BELIEF-DESIRE REASONING

n. the process wherein a person tends to predict and explain someone else's behavior based on how the former understands the latter's desires and beliefs. It serves as the basis for the theory of mind. See mindblindness.

BELIEF-DESIRE REASONING: "Due to belief-desire reasoning, it is possible to pre-judge and misinterpret another' person's desires and intentions."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "BELIEF-DESIRE REASONING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/belief-desire-reasoning/ (accessed August 15, 2018).
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