Psychological Modeling | what is?

Psychological Modeling is a form of copying or mirroring the behavior of another person. This can be done on a conscious level of awareness, however we often tend to do this at an unconscious level of awareness during our day-to-day interactions with others.

There’s a theory which states that you will only be as successful as the sum-total average of your five closest friends. There is actually an ounce of truth to this theory if we take into account the process of psychological modeling. Let me explain.

The people you hang around with most are often the people you admire and respect above all others. These are your friends and your confidants who provide you with an emotional bedrock you can use for support during times of need. Now, whether you realize it or not, you are in fact mirroring in some respects how these people talk, how they move, how they dress, the decisions they make, the actions they take, etc. At the same time these people are also mirroring your decisions, actions and behaviors without even consciously realizing it.

All this is significant because as you mirror others, you begin to think as they do, and as you begin to think as they do you also start adopting their beliefs, their values, their perspectives and their approach to life. You in essence become somewhat like them, and this inevitably influences your day-to-day behavior and decisions.

Given this, you are therefore modeling other people whether you’re consciously aware of it or not. So why not start modeling inspiring people that can help you become a better version of yourself? How about Richard Branson, Albert Einstein, Oprah Winfrey, or Walt Disney? But to do this, you will need to understand what a Mental Syntax is.

A mental syntax is a form of strategy elicitation. Here you are taking what you have observed externally about the person, and the insights you have gathered about their submodalities and meta-programs, and putting them together to form a mental syntax or strategy of how they do and think-through things in very specific ways. This is relevant for modeling because once you gain insight into the specific steps that a person takes internally and externally to get a certain outcome, that is when you can effectively begin modeling their process and thereby obtaining similar outcomes in your own life.

Say for instance you might want to gain insight into how this person makes specific kinds of decisions. Once you understand their mental syntax and the process for making these decisions, you can then model their decision-making process in your own life, and hopefully attain the same or similar outcomes.

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