posted on Sep, 18 2013 @ 08:17 AM
I was going to throw the mirror neurons on the table- luckily I read the replies and saw it had already been done! (it is not always the case that I
read before posting my two cents, admittedly....)
I'm like you, I get into observing the subtle non-verbal, and often subconscious, exchanges going on between people. Watching animals interact, I see
the same sorts of patterns, especially in social animals. For that reason I have tended towards thinking of these instinctual reactions as our "social
Sometimes I get so caught up in observing the interplay going on between myself and another, I can be really clumsy in terms of taught, socially
accepted, verbal exchanges. Like forgetting to answer a question they asked because I am distracted watching our bodies do this dance back and forth,
that they are not even aware of!
From the time I was little, I repeatedly find myself in conditions in which language is a barrier between myself and those around me, and I developed
a focus of depending upon this primordial "universal" communication with others, instead of spoken language.
I find that I can learn extremely well through this process of mimickry- in being exposed to observing someone doing something, I can end up able to
do it myself (if I don't think about it or try to analyze ).
For that, I say mirror neurons are awesome!
Although in some other situations, they can be less wonderful, in terms of empathy and emotions, for example.
edit on 18-9-2013 by Bluesma
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