Jason and his friends can not rely solely on the expression of their feelings to ensure effective social interactions. For every expression of emotion, another person or group must interpret the feelings and emotions being communicated.
The interpretation of another person's feelings is complex. In order to develop a valid sense of another person's emotions, the listener must devote attention to actively listening, and also, review his/her memory for similar social situations.
Key neurodevelopmental functions underlying the accurate interpretation of emotions include attending to and recognizing the type of words being used, and how the words are being said, identifying and labeling the feelings of the speaker, and waiting for more information to validate the listener's interpretation of the speaker's emotions.
Here are some strategies to help students develop their ability to interpret the feelings of others.