We often say that there is no need to follow what others do, how they behave or think. We should be our own selves. However, whether we like it or not, we carry little parts and characteristics of the people around us.
We grow up and become different individuals. Yet, our experiences and knowledge often come from the people we meet daily. We are not 100% unique.
For example, our speech patterns are learned from others. A baby would mimic the sounds it hears from its mother. A child will eventually learn how to properly form words and sentences by copying what he hears from his school teacher. When we are learning a new language, we copy the person teaching us. We end up talking and pronouncing words like the people who talk to us the most.
Another example would be fashion.
People like to dress up like their favourite heroes and idols. Is that a weird thing to do? Not at all! We copy the fashion of our heroes to show we like them. We copy their hairstyles, their favourite brand of clothes and even their likes and dislikes.
Like a sponge, we absorb our surroundings very quickly when we are young. Have you ever copied the way your mum cooks in the kitchen or how she cleans the table? If you do, you are not alone. We often copy the way our parents do things – mowing the lawn, decorating the living room, writing, baking or even walking. By copying them, we pick up skills without realising it ourselves. You may copy the way your older sister puts on her make-up and ask your parents to buy you shoes that look similar to hers. In this way, you are slowly learning the techniques she uses to enhance her looks.
Children often say, “She did it. So, why can’t I?”
Children often see another child do something and want to copy it. If your friend visited Disneyland, you would also want to visit Disneyland. If you friend received a new phone for Christmas, you would also want a similar phone.
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