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    Natalie Garcia

    What Is Mirroring, and How Does It Let You Know Someone Genuinely Likes You?

    Do you ever wonder if someone likes you back for who you are, rather than the surface persona you present to them? Uncovering someone's true feelings through their behavior can be difficult—but not impossible. Mirroring is one approach that can help you understand if someone likes you for who you are.

    Mirroring involves reflecting back what you receive. It is a subconscious act—something we may do without even being aware of it. It can go both simple and subtle: whether that be dressing in a similar style to someone we have a connection with, or displaying similar mannerisms.

    Through mirroring, people are conveying their understanding of and empathy for someone else. It indicates that a person resonates with your outlook, values, and personality. As such, it can be an invaluable tool for deciphering someone’s true feelings for you.

    Pay attention to the degree to which a person is mirroring you. For example, if someone largely echoes your style, mannerisms, and opinions whenever they are around you, this suggests they respect, accept, and share your views. If they only selectively mirror certain parts of your identity, this indicates more ambivalent feelings. This can also be an indicator that someone is trying to please you—not necessarily out of genuine feelings, but perhaps to gain favor.

    In general, it is wise to pay attention to how a person is responding to you. It is particularly tricky to make sense of someone's emotions from electronic communication. There are far fewer opportunities for mirroring to occur, given that there aren't as many visual queues. When conversing over e-mail, text, or social media, keep an eye out for any nonverbal signs. For instance, if you post a funny TikTok, one way the other person might respond is to likewise post a funny video.

    Although it can be difficult to pinpoint if somebody likes you out of genuine feelings, understanding the concept of mirroring can be a great tool for garnering insight. It may be hard to accurately decipher a person's feelings directly, but you can get a glimpse of how they feel based on their behavior. Combining this with observing other nonverbal behaviors might just be key to figuring out if someone genuinely likes you for who you are.

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