Mirror Images

By Crystal Hubbell, LPCC-S

I attended a training this past week on how to “Rewire the Anxious Brain” by Heidi Schreiber-Pan, PH.D, LCPC. I had heard much of the information in a previous training by Dan Siegel. But what I  forgot was a study of "Mirror Neurons" where the neurons in the brain show activation of mirroring qualities such as eye contact and sound. Have you ever played that game with your friends or siblings, where you try to make the other one laugh while keeping a straight face? It is really hard not to laugh.  This being said, depression is also contagious or mirrored as well.  As you will see in the following video, mirror neurons also respond to touch.  Visit Dr. Christine Neff’s website selfcompassion.org for some great ideas for self-compassion and touch.