The ability to see the reasoning behind the different reactions of the two individuals to a same situation is known as social imagination.
Social imagination is not just limited to viewing a situation from a different social perspective involving others. Social imagination is also the ability to see the different views or perspectives of a situation that one is involved in. This needs the person to discard his/her personal belief system and values and see the situation from the perspective of the other person. In order to do this, a person must be able to pull away from the situation and see it from a wider perspective.
This can be applied to various situations such as running in a marathon, where we shop or where our children go to school, etc. A person’s shopping behaviour depends on various factors such as the religious belief of the person, eating habits (vegetarian or non-vegetarian), spending purse etc. A vegetarian due to religious purpose would prefer vegetarian products only or a person from a poor family would choose a cheaper grocery store. Similarly, cultural values and economic status also play a role in where our children go to