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Reading people

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Some are naturally quite good at reading people. Lyndon Johnson, for example, said that if you couldn’t tell, immediately on walking into a room, who there was for you and who was against you, then you shouldn’t go into politics. I think he did indeed have the ability to read people almost immediately. At the other extreme, one of the problems that people with Asperger’s syndrome have is an inability to pick up on social cues and to read people. That can be remedied by coaching and teaching as explicit rules what most people know instinctively. (BTW, a new book on Asperger’s has recently been published: Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s.)
These musings were prompted by a post I read recently on how to figure people out. It’s an interesting read. Lyndon Johnson would have thought it was obvious—as would have Bismarck. But for many, it will be an eye-opener.

Written by Leisureguy

20 January 2008 at 10:08 am

Posted in Daily life

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