If you’ve ever crossed his legs to match the position of his best friend and leaned closer to the date did the same, which has undergone reflection. If you realize you’re doing or not, helps subtly imitating people in social settings that make links and establish connections. Duplicate copy of a person looks, gestures and body language in general, is especially useful in job interviews and the dates they are trying to establish a relationship and build trust.
While this activity has its advantages unconscious, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, after all, new research reveals that the uncontrolled replication can be counterproductive. The study, published in Psychological Science, found that when people were found unconscious imitation of someone who was not perceived as pleasant or friendly, described as the same.
“Mimicry is a crucial part of social intelligence,” says Piotr Winkielman, coauthor of the study and professor of psychology at the University of California, San Diego, in a statement. “But it is enough to know just how to mimic. It is also important to know when and when not.’s Success depends on mirror reflection to the right people at the right time for the right reasons. Sometimes socially intelligent to do is not imitate. ” However, controlling the replication process is not (eg reflex may be part of the reason why yawning is contagious) so easy. That’s because your brain is equipped with mirror neurons, which act as tiny cameras, video neurological automatically make you want to copy the actions of one person, according to YouBeauty founder, Dr. Michael Roizen. Neurons can not always differentiate between whose shares are to imitate, that cute guy you’re having coffee with, and you should not your boss, manic-depressive.
“It’s good to have the capacity to mimic,” Winkielman says in a statement, “but an important part of social intelligence is knowing how to deploy this capacity in a selective, intelligent, context-dependent manner and understanding, even implicitly, when mirroring can reflect badly on you.”
The next time you find yourself in the presence of someone you find off-putting, take a moment to consciously check your body language and behavior. After all, you don’t want mirroring to reflect badly on you.