Becoming a Social Spy: How to Read People Using Observational Learning

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It’s impossible to understand everyone, right?

Sometimes we can’t even understand ourselves, let alone everyone from our most intimate partner to the man on the street. I’m here to tell you it is possible.


In my work as a social skills coach and trainer for people who struggle in social situations, I’ve come to recognize that by improving their self-awareness, they were better able to step into other people’s shoes and therefore better understand others perspectives.

I’m going to share with you a deceptively simple exercise I developed called “Social Spy” that will help you read people of almost any age and in almost any social situation. In fact, it is so simple, you can employ it immediately after this talk.

So, YES, it’s not impossible to understand everyone and your understanding can be limitless!

Caroline Maguire in Parent's League Magazine
Caroline Maguire on TED Talk

About Caroline Maguire, M.Ed.

Caroline Maguire, M. Ed., is the founder of a revolutionary Social Emotional Learning methodology that breaks down the complexity of human connection into easy, actionable steps. A seasoned social skills coach and author, Ms. Maguire is a leading expert on what it takes to move from loneliness to chit chat to creating lasting relationships.

She holds a Master’s in Education with a concentration in SEL training and is the author of Why Will No One Play with Me?, the winner of 3 awards including the Best Parenting and Family Book 2020 as awarded by American Book Fest.

After several years as a highly respected social skills clinician at the Hallowell Center, Ms. Maguire formed her own private practice and founded ADHD Coach Academy’s (ADDCA) training curriculum, The Fundamentals of ADHD Coaching for Families. 

She is a sought-after lecturer and workshop facilitator and is widely published in leading publications including News & World Report, New York Times, Washington Post, Mind Body Green, Salon, Huffington Post, Today Parenting, ADDitude, Attention Magazine and WebMD.

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