The mimicker is a mirror of myself: Impact of mimicking on self-consciousness and social anxiety

Nicolas Guéguen1
1Université de Bretagne Sud, France
Cite this article:  Guéguen, N. (2011). The mimicker is a mirror of myself: Impact of mimicking on self-consciousness and social anxiety. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 39(6), 725-728.

Volume 39 Issue 6 | e2162 | Published: July 2011 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2011.39.6.725

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In this experiment, a confederate was asked to mimic the posture and movements of participants who, subsequently, completed the French version (Pelletier & Vallerand, 1990) of the Scheier and Carver (1985) Self-consciousness Scale. Results showed that mimicry was associated with increased private and public self-consciousness and decreased social anxiety. Such data confirmed that mimicry is associated not only with changes in perception about a mimicker but also has an effect on self-perception of the person mimicked.

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