The Psychological Test, By Toni Morrison Essay

1479 Words Oct 6th, 2016 6 Pages
The psychological test, “The Sally-Anne Test” was devised to better understand the human mind. In 1985, it was found that autistic children were unable attribute mental states different from their own to others. These children were unable to recognize that another person, with a unique perspective and distinct mind existed. Later it was proven with similar tests that other intelligent animals, such as elephants, dogs, and chimpanzees were not able to perfectly pass the test, effectively proving humanity alone possesses the ability to fully understand the individuality of the mind. However, despite being alone in the ability to distinguish individuals, people still find primal comfort in conformity, and will reject their ability to recognize the individuality of the other to project themselves onto strangers as a mechanism to understand and group people. The pictures in Robert Bergman’s A Kind of Rapture and self-reflective text in Toni Morrison’s “Strangers” work together to cause a dissonance between what the eye and mind interpret, ultimately causing readers to understand the stranger as more than just a different version of one’s self.

The picture of the first subject, a man standing presumably in a bar demonstrates the impossibility of eve knowing the full story of another’s life. This man stares intensely to the right and his mouth is slightly open. The man’s hair is slightly off, possibly from a long day at work. While the man maintains a moustache,…

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