Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2831: "Walking Contest", Anxiety, Mirroring and False Intimacy (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

In this brilliant video by Vania Heymann, he address the anxiety felt by strangers when walking beside each other - when in synchrony. This is an example of what in body language terminology is known as "mirroring". Whenever people who know each other mirror each other too exactly in time or configuration - it creates anxiety - and destroys rapport. In contrast, somewhat less exact mirroring can build rapport and is also a natural phenomenon and expression of intimacy between people who are in love, good friends, strongly bonded, etc.

Mirroring with strangers immediately creates a false intimacy and, as the narrator in Heymann's piece  points out - a distancing in space (or uncoupling in synchrony) then occurs. A lack of mirroring in effect, insulates us by increasing the psychological distance between us and others - while mirroring closes our interpersonal space and makes us feel vulnerable and metaphorically naked.

See also:

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2828: Elliot Roger, Isla Vista/U.C. Santa Barbara Mass Shooting & Threat Assessment - Body Language and Threat Assessment

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2830: Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Elections and an Hyper-Alpha Body Language Signal

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2545: Michelle Rodriguez at Comic-Con 2013, Mirroring and Dialing Up Her Alpha

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2196:  Cross Species Body Language  Contagious Yawning of Dogs Mirroring Humans  An Indicator of What Dog Lovers Already Knew -  Canine Empathy

Nonverbal Communication Analysis No. 2757: Phillip and Phil Martelli, St. Joseph Hawks, March Madness and Mirroring - Body Language

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2281:  Inaugural Luncheon Anxiety  Barack Obama's Body Language  Michelle's Mirroring

Nonverbal Communication Analysis # 2199:  Thailand, Body Language,  Barack Obama and Yingluck Shinawatra -  Mirroring and Foot Point