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This paper disputes the claim that our understanding of others is enabled by a commonsense or 'folk' psychology, whose 'core' involves the attribution of intentional states in order to predict and explain behaviour. I argue that interpersonal understanding is seldom, if ever, a matter of two people assigning intentional states to each other but emerges out of a context of interaction between them. Self and other form a coupled system rather than two wholly separate entities equipped with andoi:10.1007/s11097-005-9010-y fatcat:6hq2hxbgpbhyfk5iyhulc6jtfe