The below link is to a very interesting article in today’s Guardian.
From the headline, it appears to be about Amanda Knox. It is a much deeper look at how we react to and interpret other’s behavior. It is about assumption, misconception, and folly. Each will see themselves and their behavior in this article.
For those without time to read the whole thing, here are a few key quotes:
We all have an inherent bias towards assuming that we can discern a person's inner mental state simply by observing them.
It is astonishing how quick we are to draw conclusions about how a person ought to look or behave in circumstances we haven't ourselves even come close to experiencing.
When you meet someone, there are at least two things more prominent in your mind than in theirs – your thoughts, and their face. As a result we tend to judge others on what we see, and ourselves by what we feel.
Thinking about what others might be thinking and feeling is hard work. It requires intellectual application, empathy, and imagination.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.