Gist Reasoning Scenario 3 – Picnic in the Park – What Would Others Say?


When I was first being evaluated by my neuropsych, I was asked to describe what I saw in a scenario in a picture. I wrote out a multi-page elaborate description of EVERYTHING that I saw in the picture, including backstory.

As it turns out, I was supposed to answer in a way that made sense to others. My own elaborate interpretation was wrong – in so many ways.

In this exercise, you’re going to practice putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and thinking like they would think. You will respond the way you think others would expect you to.

Remove the items below that other people think you would NOT need at a picnic in the park. Then choose the top four items that other people think you WOULD need, rank them from most important to least important, and write how that other people think you would use them. (Hint: You can do this many different ways, depending on the scenario you design for yourself. And you can create multiple scenarios from one collection of items.)

Fishing Rod         Egg beater        Basket           Subway Token       Chips      Light Bulb

Pencil sharpener        Blanket          Suntan Lotion             Galoshes           Cooler

XBox           Can of Paint             Swimming Suit           Sunglasses          Plastic cups

Thermos        Screwdriver       Soda        Library Card        Nail File            Batteries

Cat Litter          Backhoe         Helmet        Parachute              Extra Sock      Lunchmeat

List the Top Four most important items that other people think are needed for a Picnic in the Park:

1.____________________________________

2.____________________________________

3.____________________________________

4.____________________________________

How do other people think you would use them?

________________________________________________________________________

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