Mirror mirror…

Mirroring in music and therapy

In music you could mirror some notes, a phrase or rhythm – reinforcing a particular sound from the other person, letting them know you hear them, and allowing them to lead the music.

In therapy you may mirror a posture, action or behaviour – showing empathy for a person, being affected by them, gaining trust or even insight into their experience.

Mirroring can sometimes happen without you even realising it – the more aware you are, the more useful it can become.

In my reading about research I’ve come across countertransference, a Freudian phenomenon that seems like mirroring on a deeper level, something to look out for!



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