New example of the power of Mirroring
OK…this is a bit weird but true. I recently visited an alpaca farm to photograph those wonderful animals. I had a telephoto lens on my camera, and I needed some distance between me and the animals to get best shot. However, my favorite target animal kept coming to me. I tried to back up, and he kept nuzzling me. Then I figured it out: the sound he made with his nose and lips as he trustingly approached me was identical to the sound of the shutter on my camera. Every time I took a shot, he heard it, and came to me. The sound indicated non-threatening trust and friendly reaching out. As I teach: Mirroring is not a human behavior; it is an animal behavior. Mirroring creates an environment of trust. Even with alpacas!