In spite of an ever growing interest in social cognition research many problematic and uncritically accepted prejudices still have their effect on the very basis of the developed theoretical approaches. Among the most influential is conceiving the human mind as something directly accessible exclusively to its subject, being totally hidden for the eyes of the others. The paper’s focus is on the traditional as well as contemporary phenomenological critique of this view. One of the topical attempts to overcome the limits of the widespread phenomenological explanation of the relationship between the bodily expressive behavior and mental phenomenon expressed is presented as well. The author shares the conviction that the bodily expressive behavior is a real constituent of at least some of the mental phenomena.
Inter-subjectivity, Mind, Phenomenology, Social cognition