Social Thinking Tip – Social Math

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Here are three key concepts to remember from today’s audio blog about social thinking.

social thinking tips1.  Social thinking is like learning math.  You often have to master the basics before going on to more complicated equations.  For example, addition and subtraction come before multiplication and division, algebra, trigonometry, and calculus.  We’ll be sharing foundation concepts of social thinking first.

2.  Everyone has thoughts. Sometimes we share the same thoughts, but sometimes our thoughts are somewhat different from someone else’s.

3.  Social Thinking refers to the process of thinking your own thoughts and about thinking about the thoughts of others, and figuring out how to make other people think the way you want them to think about you.

Key Quotes from Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke’s book, Socially Curious and Curiously Social: A Social Thinking Guidebook for Bright Teens and Young Adults.

Social thinking is a ME + YOU equation.  Notice there are two parts to that equation.  It means we are aware that other people have thoughts, and that we’re supposed to act or react not just to our own thoughts, but to the thoughts of others.

Social thinking happens whenever you are near another person, even if you have no plans to ever talk to the other person! (You use social thinking when you replay in your head a conversation you had with someone else, or when you think about how another person was feeling in a specific situation.  This situation could have happened in real life, or it might have been part of a TV show or a movie you watched, or even a book you were reading that involved people.

photo credit: ddluong

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