We, humans, are social creatures and we can understand and recognise other people’s mental states, their beliefs, knowledge, and their intentions. This ability is important because it helps us to interact with others and form a social bond. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

A 3-month long study took place in which the 140+ participants were asked to think about the different aspects of their personalities. They were shown an autobiographical video and answered a series of questions based on what they thought the storyteller’s intentions were. The participants were asked to identity 6 sub-personalities in themselves (Such as their vulnerability, their caring side, the happy child, and so on).

They were then asked to complete a course where they had to objectively observe their thoughts while meditating. The next part of the course involved grouping into pairs and taking time to be the speaker or listener. The listener had to guess what the speaker was thinking, based on one of their sub-personalities.

Once this part of the study was over, the participants were asked to complete a theory of mind test. This was the same test that they had taken before the study began. The final test showed that the participants had a better theory of mind when looking for negative states than they had before the study took place. It was thought this was because people who are better at looking at the negative side of their own personality can understand themselves more. It’s also widely accepted within the world of psychology that accepting negative emotions is beneficial to your mental health. 

As soon as we are aware of our own negative emotions, we tend to have greater compassion and respect for others. In addition to this, we can help to reduce the stigma and ostracism associated with people who have a different outlook from us. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline. Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk