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78 FBI L. Enforcement Bull. 1 (2009)
Behavioral Mirroring in Interviewing

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Whether preparing
          for an interview or
          meeting with an
informant, investigators should
spend a significant amount
of time planning for the most
important part of any human
interaction-creating and
building rapport. Consistently
building rapport with various
individuals of different genders
and ages who represent di-
verse backgrounds, educational
levels, experiences, ethnicities,

and mental health concerns
proves challenging to many
law enforcement profession-
als. Everyone has their own
personality and preference
for how they like to give and
receive information.'
   One of the most powerful
and proven ways of establish-
ing rapport is isopraxis, or
mirroring another's behavior.2
From the time people are born,
they learn to share mirroring
behaviors. When a mother

smiles, her baby smiles;
when she giggles, her baby
giggles; when she arches her
eyes, her baby does the same.
These mirroring behaviors
continue into courtship behav-
iors reflected back as part of
the mating game. People find
comfort in and, therefore, seek
mirroring behaviors. They also
discover solace in processing
information presented consis-
tent with their personality and

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