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#1
this is something that has made me feel somewhat odd.

Sometimes I sort of assimilate peoples ways of expressing themselves when talking to them. Things such as using certain words, pronouncing words in a certain way, and even body language to a certain extent.

Also, I do this when I'm around all sorts of different people. From people I know very well, to acquaintances.

Is this normal?

Is this characteristic of anxiety or other mental illness?
#2
Yeah, I do. I don't know why, and I wish it would stop because I feel ultra-lame whenever I do it.
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#3
Only if they have tourettes.
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#5
I do this to an extent as well.
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#6
I sometimes find myself using the mannerisms of someone I don't speak to anymore.

it's less embarrassing than when you actually interact with the person.
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#7
Yeah, it's a human thing that we've evolved with. Probably because other people like to see themselves in other people and when they do, they like that person more ect.

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#8
I do it and I have noticed that most if not all of my friends do... so it can't be all that abnormal.
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#9
I was just thinking about this last night. I always seem to catch myself doing it unconsciously and then try to stop it. I feel like whoever I'm talking to thinks I'm mocking them.

Most recently I noticed while I was talking to a family friend last night. He's from England and has been here for many years but still has his accent. I was talking to him on the phone and started to mimic his accent and use expressions he normally uses. I caught myself but I don't know if he noticed.
#10
Not unless I am trying to annoy them.
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#12
My laugh starts to change if I hang around the same people for long enough.

Also, a few months back I watched A LOT of top gear. One day I was walking along with my friend and all of a sudden, I had a british accent for half a sentence (I'm canadian).

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#13
I think it's a natural human thing. I remember watching something on Discovery Channel comparing human to ape learning. They had an ape (I believe it was a chimp) solve some puzzle and had another chimp watch. They repeated the process several times and found that the chimps were unable to learn from watching others complete a task. They all figured out the puzzle themselves, most of them finding a different solution, and the few that found the same solution they think was just coincidental.
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#14
i notice this a lot. my laugh has changed very often throughout my life as ive hung out with different people, for example.
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#15
Yeah. I act different when hanging out with different groups of friends. Not really a conscious thing, everyone's just trying to fit in
#16
I think it's a form of social empathy. You start to emulate the person if you like their company.
I don't think it means you're mentally ill, so you can relax.
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#17
Not really. My philosophy is if you live in my country/speak in another manner and can't understand, you don't deserve me talking to you.

Might seem harsh but it's just that I talk the way I talk, that's it.
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#18
Mostly I find I start taking on different words/phrases if I spend a lot of time with someone, also depending on how often they use the word. But I'm 99% sure that most if not all people do this.

I mean, "ghetto" language probably developed because black people could only live in small areas of the city and they were pretty isolated. A better and more obvious example are different accents.

EDIT: The ghetto term thing just popped into my mind because I watched a documentary on gang violence in America awhile ago.
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The human brain probably likes to assimilate and blend in to those around us. Makes us stand out less.
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#21
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My laugh starts to change if I hang around the same people for long enough.

This. My laugh now sounds like a cross between my best friend's and my boss's.

OT: Only on msn and facebook, tbh. Never in person. For example I have one friend who staggers her msn messages. They often look something like:

- I was at my cottage
- on the weekend
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- there were so many mosquitoes on the dock
- that I
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- on the dock
- I had to be either in the water
- or away from the dock


I have taken on this trait. And it is amplified when I am talking to her.
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#24
My speech has picked up patterns from all the interactions I have with non-americans here on UG and from watching Doctor Who and from listening to international DJs talk and so forth. I don't know about mannerisms so much, but I definitely pick up colloquialisms and vocabulary in a hurry. Hell, it's difficult for me to talk about trance without noticing a spot of accent here and there.

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#25
I do it blatantly and deliberately, usually just to make them conscious of the ways in which they behave.
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#26
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It's scary how much other people can influence your personality.

Personality is like a combination of everybody you know. Anything/anybody you see, talk to, hear, etc. probably affects you. Technology is definitely having an affect on newer generations.

Physical changes (evolution) take place over centuries... but the brain can do this exponentially faster.
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Personality is like a combination of everybody you know. Anything/anybody you see, talk to, hear, etc. probably affects you. Technology is definitely having an affect on newer generations.

Physical changes (evolution) take place over centuries... but the brain can do this exponentially faster.

Evolution is marked by biological changes, the brain doesn't evolve throughout ones life cycle, though chemical changes do occur (for instance, memory).

I understand what you mean, but I'm being a pedant because there's so many misconceptions in regards to evolution nowadays.

The impact of technology is certainly an interesting thing to ponder. I know this website alone as well as others have helped me learn a lot about different cultures that I'd otherwise never know. Whether or not that pervades into my personality is another question.
#28
Yes I do it a lot.
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Evolution is marked by biological changes, the brain doesn't evolve throughout ones life cycle, though chemical changes do occur (for instance, memory).

I understand what you mean, but I'm being a pedant because there's so many misconceptions in regards to evolution nowadays.

The impact of technology is certainly an interesting thing to ponder. I know this website alone as well as others have helped me learn a lot about different cultures that I'd otherwise never know. Whether or not that pervades into my personality is another question.

I'm not saying the brain is evolving, I added evolution in brackets to try and imply that, but I probably could've worded it better.

One thing I've been reading about is technology is making us more and more impatient. I kinda went off topic and I guess I'm talking about more general changes instead of just personality changes.

Anyway, cheers.

EDIT: Related to this topic, actually, I picked up using the term 'cheers' from UG, and I've only ever used it on here. Never in real life or on any other forum.
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#32
meh, the people who you hang out with always shapes a part of you

I dont try to imitate people while talking to them though, thatd probably end up pissing people off

though I do pick up some mannerisms without knowing it, like when I watched an all-day marathon of the uk "the office" and listening to too much 90's rap and such
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One thing I've been reading about is technology is making us more and more impatient. I kinda went off topic and I guess I'm talking about more general changes instead of just personality changes.
I believe that. Back in my day we had dial-up internet connections and we had real family values then. Now it's all about the fiber-optics, instant gratification, and the hippity hop. Society is going down the tubes.
#34
One of my friends has a lisp and whenever I talk to him I start lisping too. He doesn't mind but everyone else around thinks I'm mocking him so I'm trying to stop doing that now

I also get influenced by the way people type here on UG.
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I believe that. Back in my day we had dial-up internet connections and we had real family values then. Now it's all about the fiber-optics, instant gratification, and the hippity hop. Society is going down the tubes.

I had dial-up up until December of last year. But even now it's not all that fast and some of my friends have told me that it's too slow because it can't stream a Youtube video with needed to pre-load like half of it.

But I don't mind. I figure I would get bored faster if I could instantly watch any video. It's so true what they say about instant gratification. I think if my parents try to upgrade, I'm going to protest. 30 kb/s is more than enough even if I can't really download huge files.
#36
I used to do that a lot. I still do but I used to too.
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#37
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I had dial-up up until December of last year. But even now it's not all that fast and some of my friends have told me that it's too slow because it can't stream a Youtube video with needed to pre-load like half of it.

But I don't mind. I figure I would get bored faster if I could instantly watch any video. It's so true what they say about instant gratification. I think if my parents try to upgrade, I'm going to protest. 30 kb/s is more than enough even if I can't really download huge files.


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#38
Yes. I feel retarded when I do it but yes. I think people react better when they're faced with something familiar. And of course there are things I change out of courtesy depending on who I'm talking to, for example I'll refrain from swearing.
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#39
When I was working behind the counter at a shop, a woman came in and for some reason was whispering. I whispered too and she thought I was taking the piss, turns out she had lost her voice... I didn't even do it on purpose
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