So you have exchanged winks and messages, plucked up the courage to talk on the phone and the day has come when you are going to meet up. This is the point where the online part of ‘online dating’ is not so online and this can send people into panic stations. We have decided to write a few posts about body language, confidence and a few other bits of advice about finally meeting up with someone.
Today we are going to mention an easy and simple body language technique called mirroring. You may not know what it is but you’ve probably been doing it all your life. Because you’ve been doing it all your life you are probably quite good at it and once you learn how to understand this new language it will change the way you read people.
The best way to understand mirroring is to do a bit of people watching. While we are not suggesting you set up a stake out in your local café or sit on a park bench with eye holes cut out of a newspaper it is very easy to watch people in social environments.
What are you looking for? Well as the name suggests you are looking for a mirror image, a copy cat if you will. Notice how in a couple one person leans forward and the other leans forward as well, or one leans backward and then the other leans backward. Other actions might be cross their hands or tilt their heads, if the other person does it you’ve just seen mirroring and the couple probably don’t know they are doing it much the same as you and I.
So how can this help you? Well mirroring body language can be used as a tool for testing someone out and building up a rapport. Being similar creates a feeling of ease, comfort and being understood.
So you can use the power of mirroring to create these feelings in the one you are mirroring. They’ll then subconsciously link all those feelings to you because you are the one actively mirroring. All you have to do to mirror someone is to assume the same posture, do the same movements with your hands and use your body in a similar fashion to theirs.
Mirroring can be split into 3 main areas, the first is following. This is doing the movements after them, let them lead. This will make them feel more comfortable and relaxed with you, and eventually more drawn to you. It’s important to try and be as natural as possible with following, at first it may seems obvious to you what you are doing but in reality the other person will not notice. Pacing is another method of mirroring, it is very similar to following but where your actions are more in time as if you are almost leading. Pacing is almost as if you are both doing the movements simultaneously. If you’ve done your secret body language mirroring right with good following and pacing then you are ready to reap the rewards. You are now ready to lead the other person and this will show how if a good connection has been made between you as a couple. Try tilting you head, blinking or even breathing deeply, if they copy you it shows they have a genuine interest in you as they are now subconsciously mirroring you.
The only thing we will say is try and be natural and keep focus on the conversation with mirroring happening in the background, while it’s all well and good to use body language techniques its pointless if are talking a load of gibberish!