Personal Development

The Chameleon Effect

Did you know that we often change our accent to match that of the person we are to talking to? Just as we mirror each other’s body language, so we copy elements of speech patterns.

It turns out that this imitation is not just a form of flattery but also serves a real purpose. When your brain subconsciously and subtly shifts your voice to sound more like someone else’s voice it is actually doing it to enhance your understanding.

But what if we started changing ourselves in other ways too, to be more like the people we admired, teachers, friends, and family members. I often tell people in relationship counseling, “Look at the couples whose relationship you respect and be more like them.”

I think this is the ultimate compliment. Who would you like to be a little more like?

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