Mind reading improvements in mentalization-based therapy training

Dagmar Steinmair, Richard Horn, Felix Richter, Guoruey Wong, Henriette Löffler-Stastka

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The psychological strain of many psychiatric disorders arises from difficulties encountered in social interactions. Social withdrawal is often the first symptom of neuropsychiatric disorders. The authors explore the various options for training social cognition skills. Social cognition was assessed using the Movie for the Assessment of Social Cognition (MASC). After completion of mentalization-based therapy (MBT) training, MASC scores improved significantly in health care providers (p = .006, r = .57). Mentalizing (operationalized with reflective functioning [RF]) was assessed in the MBT group (Group A) and compared with RF in a control group (Group B). RF was significantly higher in Group A (RF = 4.35, SD = 1.19) than in Group B (RF = 3.43, SD = 1.70) (p = .0385; Cohen's d = 0.65). MBT might be a promising intervention in social cognition training. Mentalizing skills might be associated with attitude.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-82
Number of pages24
JournalBulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders
  • Mentalization
  • Theory of Mind
  • The theory of mind
  • Mentalizing
  • MASC
  • Mind reading
  • Social cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatric Mental Health


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