How do doctors rate how well a person knows what other people are feeling and thinking? That is to say—how does the patient evaluates mental state of another individual? A precise tool is the key for calculating treatment results and carries deep consequences for the physical and mental well-being of the patient.
To that part, psychologists determine MSU (mental state understanding) of person. The MSU is based on the theory that achievement in the social world relies upon our capability of deciphering and inferring the hidden emotions, beliefs, and intentions of others. A huge body of research has showed that being capable of doing so leads to a number of positive social impacts: enhanced interpersonal rapport, increased popularity, and prosocial behavior.
On the other hand, those who grapple with MSU undergo a series of negative impacts: isolation, few friends, and the danger for severe psychiatric disease. The connection between psychiatric illness, social isolation, and mortality is a solid one. Hence, the significance of a dependable assessment tool is more.
On a related note, spending more time over social media and Internet is surfacing as a primary cause for mental diseases amongst youths and adolescents, claim medical analysts. “It is witnessed that teenagers and youths are getting addicted with computers and mobile phones. They spend most of time either chatting over social media or playing games. This tends them to get away from the actual world,” claimed Chief at NDDTC (National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre) and HOD Psychiatry, RK Chadda, to the media in an interview.
As per Associate Professor at NDDTC for Psychiatry, Dr Rachna Bhargava, extreme time spent over virtual realm forces teens to stay sheltered from reality. “People develop a made-up world and aim to confine themselves inside that. Teens, particularly boys in the age group of 14–25, have been seen to be more inclined to mental disease,” Bhargava claimed.