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Imitation and Counter-imitation

"Imitation" is also called "imitation", but it is not used in a very good sense. There is certainly a problem with "imitation" of announcing other people's achievements as your own.

On the other hand, imitation is more than a good thing, it is also necessary for human beings to survive. Cognitive psychology studies such mimicry.

Imitation as a learning method

There is an old-fashioned teaching method of "do not explain". It is a way of thinking that "skills are something to steal" and "learn by watching your back".

One of the problems with this teaching method is that "the situation does not change even after many years, and nothing is learned." As countermeasures for this kind of thing, there are things such as "Know-how is written and illustrated so that you can learn it yourself" and "Teaching carefully step by step".

Although it has a history of being viewed as a bad thing due to its association with authoritarianism, etc., the goodness of the learning method called "imitation" is being reconsidered.

This proposal seems to be justified by the research that ``humans continue to learn from an early age how to survive by imitating.''

Manual learning

Although different from kata, manual learning is similar to kata.

Even if you are in an unknown field, by following the procedures written in the manual, you will be able to do things that you cannot do on your own. If you repeat this process, you will gradually acquire the way of thinking in that field.


Imitation is generally "students imitate the behavior of the teacher" and "children imitate the behavior of adults".

On the other hand, there is a teaching method for children called "counter imitation". This is the behavior of the child that the leader (parent) imitates. There are ways to imitate only the desired behavior, and ways to imitate every move.

The effect of counter imitation has been confirmed in practice, and the author himself feels it. On the other hand, there are some points that I do not understand well about "why is it effective?" Below are some of the effects and reasons that come to mind.

Counter-imitation is similar to "praise" and "like"

In business enlightenment books, the effects of "praising" and "liking" are often mentioned. It is very effective for training subordinates and creative activities.

Inverse imitation is very similar to these methods as it positively affirms the other person. It may be that they use the same mechanisms as humans, with the only difference being whether they are suitable for adults or children.

Counter-imitation is similar to listening

In psychotherapy , the effective way is to listen to what the client is thinking or wanting to say.

Aligning with the client rather than with the leader's ideas is similar to counter imitation.

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