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Establish Rapport with Patients

Posted by medliorator on March 19, 2008

Perhaps imitating one’s patients sounds outlandish, but according to new psychological research as described in the NYTimes’ article “You Remind Me of Me,” such mimicry plays a key role in establishing rapport in everyday social interactions. The article describes how salespeople use mimicry to subconsciously build trust with their clients.


Social mimicry can and does go wrong. At its malicious extreme, it curdles into mockery, which is why people often recoil when they catch of whiff of mimicry, ending any chance of a social bond.


Yet, perhaps a bit of imitation wouldn’t hurt. After all, it is the sincerest form of flattery, no?

Relating to Patients by Mimicry [Scrub Notes]


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