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Mirroring: How to Have Positive Social Interactions
Transcript of Mirroring: How to Have Positive Social Interactions
When people see others smile, they smile....
Is that mirroring?
and when people see others
frown, they also frown.
HOW TO HAVE POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS
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Mirroring is the unconscious way that people copy each other
in social interactions.
Mirroring is automatic.
Set a new model
when you copy
The other person will start
to mirror YOU.
Here are some examples.
Don't copy their negativity.
Start a new mirror, and
they'll copy your
When another person
You mean, if I see someone frown, instead of frowning, I can smile?
You can actually
If they cross
If they yell:
Scared of the yourney?
How can knowing this help my
Climb towards a
of helping stressful situations and
GOAL = to end up here
If you realize mirroring is happening,
yourself from automatically
copying any negative or stressed signals, and instead use positive expressions, tone, volume and strong listening behaviors.
The other person may not consciously realize
what you did. They'll probably only know
being around you made them feel better.
Can I see examples?
If you KNOW mirroring happens, you can stop yourself from mirroring negativity
and instead set a positive example.
See how their arms are in same position?
Look at their mirrored:
Look at their:
Yes! "Mirror neurons" in the brain help people
unconsciously copy expressions, gestures, tone,
volume, posture, etc. When people copy these, they
even feel similar emotions, too!
Watch this real example of strangers mirroring laughter on a subway!
If I just laughed, was I mirroring too?
Yes, people mirror other people in photographs, films, and
video games, etc. This is why a sad scene in a movie can
make the audience cry, and why people feel adrenaline when
they watch sports, too.
Here, let's try this...
Look at his expression for 10 seconds.
What is your own expression?
Look at her expression for 10 seconds.
Now look at this expression for 10 seconds.
Look at this expression for 10 seconds.
by Michele Galla