This is the difference between a good conversation and a punch or slap.Mirroring can be achieved by copying any of these things: Some say that accents can be mirrored, but I don't think this is true.If you mimick somebody's accent, it is immediately raised to conscious levels and becomes inconducive to good communication and rapport.
The most sound theory of reasoning states that this is because spiders are so unusual compared to ourselves.
Snakes, octopodes and other creatures that are so different from ourselves are often subject to fear. If you turned around and there was a big purple octopus between you and the door, would you pick it up and move it out of the way, or would you prefer someone else did that for you? The point is, the more different something/someone is from ourselves, the more we fear it.
This goes for anything - cultures, races, religions, species, it doesn't matter.
Mirroring is one of the (if not the) most useful NLP techniques there are.
If someone is very good at mirroring, it is very difficult to dislike them.
Mirroring, while considered part of the NLP syllabus, has been used innately by people throughout history.Even chimps (which I believe are our genetic ancestors) use mirroring within their groups.This begs the question, why do I need to write about mirroring, if it's so natural?Because just like any other skill you can name, there are vastly different levels of ability, and you can get much better by practicing.Mirroring is simply the process of mimicking subtle behaviours within whoever we are communicating.Before you go and start mimicking someone's every word, be aware that mirroring must be subtle as to appear to be unconscious!