As we grow and mature, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the people we see in the mirror today are a reflection of those who raised us. We may scoff at our parents’ mannerisms and habits of speech, yet gradually recognize that we ourselves have adopted many of them without realizing it. It can be a strange sensation to realize that you unconsciously have replicated some of your mom or dad’s tendencies, from the way you dress to how you interact with friends and family.
Even small things like facial expressions, posture, or how quickly (or slowly!) you move through public spaces can be rooted in the behavior you learned early on from your parents. Unbeknownst to us as young ones, these small details can add up to shape much larger parts of our personalities as adults. Scientists believe this is because our brains are hardwired for imitation – something that starts as soon as we enter this world. Babies imitate their parents’ expressions and intonations from day one. This is so crucial for development that even long-term separated parents can still easily recognize their child’s voice when they finally reconnect!
But it doesn’t end there; research now shows we carry these tendencies into adulthood too, whether they be new skills, problem solving strategies or behavior patterns, passed down through generations of genetic inheritance. So while it might be daunting to look back on our own lives and recognize all the ways in which we’ve subconsciously followed in our parents’ footsteps, it’s also an incredible reminder of how powerful human connection can be – and how much influence love has over each of us.
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