As human beings, we’re instinctively drawn to people who remind us of ourselves, but what might account for such narcissism?Science suggests the subconscious desire to be with someone physically similar to us is a combination of factors, including evolutionary forces such as attraction or desire, psychology, and individual mating strategies.“We are drawn to those we have the most in common with, and we tend to have the most successful long-term relationships with those we are most similar to,” Dr. ”Physical similarities are brought on by genetic similarities, and possibly hint at our desire to preserve our gene pool.Non-verbally, mirroring says 'Look at me; I'm the same as you.I feel the same way and share the same attitudes.' This is why people at a rock concert will all jump to their feet and applaud simultaneously or give a 'Mexican Wave' together.
And in popular culture, mirroring is frequently urged on people as a strategy - for flirting or having a successful date, for closing a sale or acing a job interview.
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As anyone who has been subjected to the mocking playground game knows, parroting can be annoying. Two people who like each other will often unconsciously mirror each other’s mannerisms in subtle ways – leaning forward in close synchrony, for example – and that strengthens their bond.