Two young highly attractive college women enter an italian restaurant to meet over lunch (One a brunette and the other a red head). After sitting down and facing one another, both simultaneously breathe a sigh to release the frustrations of the day. The brunette, who is highly self conscious, brushes her nose just in case she might have had anything in her nostrils.
Her friend, thinking this was a sign to rub something off her own nose, quickly rubs her nose to wipe it away. The brunette interpreted the red head's action as a sign that she indeed had something in her nose which was still there; so she takes another rub at her nose. Well, the red head made the same assumption that the brunette's gesture was indicating that she needed to take another stab at rubbing her nose.
You can imagine that this went on for a little while until both decided to go in the bathroom and take a look in the mirror.
This may sound funny, but boy is it ever a reality of life. I call it the house of mirror effect. If you've ever been in a house of mirrors you would know that it's hard to deciper the real source from its reflections.
In the story above each of the women thought they were reading a genuine prompt from the other. What they did not realize was that these 'prompts' were nothing more than a reflection from the signals that each was giving off.
Have you ever thought someone did not like you, based on some presuppisition, be it true or not? Did that cause you to treat that person with indifference? Perhaps this person responded to your indifference with their own indifference towards you. And then, you conclude, "Aha! I knew it! That person does not like me."
We are like mirrors, we merely reflect images from signals we receive. The source of these signals vary, but primarily we experience them from other peoples body language & energy, our own thoughts, what we see on T.V., spiritual beliefs, preconceived ideas and feelings, a vision, etc.,
Notice how hard it is to not smile when someone smiles at you or contrary not to look offended if someone scoffs at you. We work like mirrors merely reflecting images that we see.
Knowing people operate like this can help us in our Passionate Pursuit to creating a better life. Smile more around the people who seem grumpy; if you want people to show you favor, show them favor; if you'd like respect, show respect. Others will gladly reflect back to you the image that you potray.
You might be asking "well, if one is grumpy and the other is joyous who will reflect the other?" The fact is each will inevitably make an impact on the other. However, in examples like these, you can assume that each person is reflecting an image other than their immediate physical surroundings. Perhaps the grumpy one is still meditating on a fight with their spouse earier that day. The joyous one is probably meditating on the elated look of someone they just surprised.
I say whoever's mental image is clearer will be less impacted than the other, for they will continue to reflect that mental image they see; however they both will end up reverting back to the mental image they initially carried. That is how powerful mental images are. They last much longer than the temporary changes in our external environment.
Knowing this, if you want to have greater control on the image you give you off, and be able impact people with them you need to:
1) spend lots of time focusing on changing your thoughts to give off the image you desire to be reflected back.
2) hang around more people who will give off the image and energy you desire to have and emit.
Lastly, when people consistently treat you in a certain way (be it good or bad), check to see what signals you may be giving off in your beahvior. If it is not what you would like to get back, find ways to change the image you are emitting.