Self-awareness and the evolution of social intelligence.

  title={Self-awareness and the evolution of social intelligence.},
  author={Gordon G. Gallup},
  journal={Behavioural processes},
  volume={42 2-3},
The use of one's own experience as a model to make inferences about the experiences of others is theorized to be the means by which a variety of introspectively based social strategies developed for both competing and cooperating with one another (e.g. gratitude, grudging, sympathy, empathy, deception, pretending and sorrow). The proposition that this ability is a byproduct of self-awareness is developed in some detail and the predictions which follow from this model of social intelligence are… CONTINUE READING

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