If you mimic the actions of someone, they are more likely to cooperate with you. Research has also shown mimicry improves the efficiency of social interactions and can also lead to groups experiencing the same emotions, called ‘emotional contagion’. Mimicry is an unconscious behaviour and is actually a sign that groups are cohesive. So, perhaps observing acts of mimicry helps assess whether a workplace gets along?
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